Are we ruining the best places?

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  1. terri

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    The trespassers. Obviously, if they hadn't trespassed the event wouldn't have occurred!

    The number of deaths from climbing Mt. Everest is increasing because people have it in their minds that it's suddenly become easy to do, the latest *thing.* Waiting lines at the final summit are apparently the new normal.


     
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    We have a local sunflower field that used to be relatively unknown before Instagram and Facebook. It has always been open to the public. My photo meet up group planned a morning trip there on a Saturday at peak bloom. 75 people rsvp’d yes. When I saw that I passed.

    I ended up going on my own on a subsequent day. Was sitting in the parking lot waiting for the posted opening time when one of the employees walked up to my car. After a quick chat he gave me the ok to go on over. There were at least 20 people there already who had ignored the posted hours and designated path. One woman had props and was doing “mini sessions”. I’m sure most of these people didn’t bother to stop in the store to buy something to support the farm who eventually had to hire detail cops to deal with the traffic and overflow from their small parking lot.
     
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    On the reverse, I am guilty of seeing an Instagram photo and adding a place to my bucket list. The difference is, I like to think, that I do try to enjoy the experience when I go there in addition to taking my photos which are NEVER selfies.
     
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    Technology evolves to make things easier for people. It never stops. Technology makes no moral judgment; it can be used for good or bad. People make the moral judgments about the use of technology. People have a very wide latitude over what is moral and what is not.

    You can pass all the laws you want but unless you are willing to spend the money to enforce them they are just words on paper. A case in point, did you know it was illegal to drive even one mile per hour over the speed limit? On a recent trip from MO to IN My cruse was set at 10 mph over the speed limit just to keep up with the traffic flow. And yes, there were non-professional drivers streaming pass me.

    If a photographer, whether pro or amateur find a neat, place others will also seek it out. People like to see and photograph pretty places to share with friends, they do not want to see them in a book or on a video screen.
     
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    Just because someone is using a phone, does not mean they are not a photographer (example below - going for the angle).

    I think we all have equal rights to be there, or equally we may have no rights and none of us should be there.

    Growing overpopulation will mean that soon there will be no unspoilt areas left on the planet - but at least we'll have photos to remind us of how it used to be beautiful.
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