“We never thought it would be explicitly necessary to state that it is illegal to land a helicopter in the middle of the fields and begin hiking off trail,” the Antelope Valley California Poppy Reserve said in a Facebook post that has since been deleted. “We were wrong.” The super bloom is in full swing in parts of Southern California and on Monday, in the Antelope Valley, near Lancaster, California, a couple in a helicopter alighted in the middle of a sea of poppies and got out to stroll around. When law enforcement approached, they fled to the sky. Crowds have flocked to view the phenomenon in unprecedented numbers this year, but a helicopter destroying the flowers they came to view is new. It should go without saying, but leave no trace does not mean “leave no trace of the nature you came to see.”

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