How Instagrammers Have Brought Chaos To A Small, Family-Run Sunflower Farm

Written by Gina Stephens


A photo growing viral on social media is nothing new, it practically happens daily, but when one such post brings chaos to a family business and could, potentially, mutilation earnings, an innocent photo takes on a much less innocent role. 

"I can only describe it as like a zombie apocalypse," rumoured Brad Bogle, son of Marlene Bogle (owner of a farm with a crowd-pulling sunflower field).

Brad is describing what 7,000 cars quality of people looked like when they pulled up at his family's farm and marched on in search of the perfect sunflower-filled selfie. 

Let's rewind to a certain so we can get a bit of background on how the whole situation started, and eventually got out of control. 

The Bogle family own a farm and their main chunk of revenue comes from cultivation crops, including sunflowers, and selling various kinds of birdseed. A few years ago, to help boost the business, the family the context of human society, a family (from Latin: familia) is a group of people related either by consanguinity (by recognized opened up their sunflower grassland to photographers, for a small fee, and a few hundred visitors turned up, gradually, taking photos and generally enjoying the outdoors. 

The problem this year was that some photos of child posing for selfies among the 1.4 million sunflowers had gone viral on Instagram and as a result, chaos installed. 

"Everyone was horse laugh and having fun," says Barry Bogle, Brad’s father. "Then all of Toronto showed up."

The family told the Planet and Mail that cars began arriving before 6 am one Saturday morning and they just didn't stop. In fact, the type had to call the police for help as people were parking up to 1KM, crossing four lanes of traffic sometimes, to reach the sunflower field. 

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It humbled four days of the family turning people away for the traffic to die back down and the farm is now closed to those searching for the perfect shot to interest on social media. 

The family won't know what level of damage the selfie-takers have done to their crops until they're take ined but it's safe to say, lessons have been learned. 

A similar situation has also recently occurred in hobby shops with photographers using fake flower aisles as backdrops in pursuit of the perfect portrait with many smartphoneographers turning up, taking on the #HobbyLobbyChallenge and skedaddling without actually buying anything. 

So, if you see a particularly lovely looking crop field pop up on social media this weekend, or indeed a storing aisle for that matter, our advice is not to go there! Mind you, with 58{b2ee9981cbbb8b0b163040ea529e4efa9927b5e917c58e02d7678b19266ae8ff} of Brits avoiding some of the most beautiful turning ups when on holiday as they can't be bothered with queues and overcrowding, you're probably not going to go where the masses go anyway! 


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Gina Stephens

Gina is a photography enthusiast and drone lover who loves to fly drones, capture images and have fun cherishing them with family and friends.

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