Instagram influencers are going to a toxic lake in Russia because it’s really blue

I’m out of my element when it comes to the realm of Social Influencers. Conceptually, I get what they are but that’s about as far as it goes. I’m not photogenic and have no patience to get just the right shot so as to attract millions of likes and followers, so I don’t even try. I’m not trying to belittle them, if it is can translate into a sustainable career than go get it.

But I will belittle some of their choices, like endangering themselves or the landscape just for a cool pic. Joining the ranks of the radiation-risking Chernobyl shutterbugs and the poppy-trampling-grungey-cloud-people in Antelope Valley are the toxic-dump-Siberian-lake swimmers. There is a lake in Novosibirsk, Russia that is so blue, it is referred to as the “Novosibirsk Maldives.” It serves as a gorgeous backdrop to bikini clad tourists who trek to be photographed in or near it. It is also an ash dump site for the nearby coal plant, making the water a potential skin irritant to anyone who comes in contact with it.

Government officials are warning tourists away from traveling to the “Novosibirsk Maldives,” a lake that looks natural and beautiful but is actually man-made and potentially dangerous.

The body of water is located near the Russian city of Novosibirsk and received its nickname for its bright blue water, which is reminiscent of the Maldives, a group of islands that are a popular luxury vacation destination in the Indian Ocean. The site has been increasing in popularity with Instagram users, who flock to the area to snap a photo with the otherworldly H20.

The Siberian pond even has its own Instagram account, which boasts over 150 posts showing visitors posing near the water in bathing suits, or even onthe water in pool floats or on stand-up paddle boards.

However, officials claim the water’s incredible blue color is actually the result of a massive ash dump from a nearby coal plant, and are asking visitors to stay clear of the area.

According to the Moscow Times, “this lake is not a natural miracle at all, but an ash dump into which CHPP-5 [the coal plant] is dumping waste.”

The Siberian Generating Company took to Russian social media website VKlast month to clarify exactly what chemicals are in the water, attributing the color to “calcium salts and other metal oxides are dissolved in it. A company representative warned, “skin contact with such water may cause an allergic reaction.”

The company also stated that the bottom of the pond is extremely muddy, which makes it difficult for swimmers to gain solid footing in case of an emergency.

[From People]

Unfortunately, pollution makes some of the most beautiful things in nature. Our Southern Californian sunsets are some of the most beautiful in the world, with stunning layers of pinks, peaches, blues and purples. And much of it is thanks to our terrible air quality. Factory smokestacks can puff out picturesque plumes of noxious smoke. And oil spills can create elaborate, iridescent marbling to the surface of whatever body of water it’s destroying. None of those makes the toxicity any less, though. I have to believe there are posted signs telling folks to stay away from the lake. If I’m wrong, I owe all these people an apology. But if I’m not wrong – what were they thinking? One person even defended her decision to swim in the lake, saying her legs just got red and itchy for a couple of days – NBD. I don’t think I need to mention that even if your skin does not peel off your limbs, it’s still not a good decision. I mean, I get it – the lake is shockingly beautiful in photos. But so are tigers, and you shouldn’t approach one in the wild to ask for a selfie either.

As People suggests, if you need a beautiful blue water mass in your photo, try these places instead. Otherwise, maybe just rely on a photo filter. It’s much easier than finding the right wig when all your hair falls out.

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  1. Eva says:

    Toxic or not, I don’t love this current trend on going to a place just to get a picture of yourself posing there. Our local botanical garden has more people taking snaps for Instagram than people actually enjoying the plants or the atmosphere. I feel like wherever I turn there’s an amateur fashion shoot taking place. Yes I realize we’ve always taken posed pictures as long as we’ve had access to cameras but it’s getting a bit absurd especially with the younger crowd. Maybe it’s time for people to reconsider what this short and precious life is for… like actually going to places to experience them instead of just using them as backdrops for photos.

    • Becks1 says:

      Agreed. I get stopping to take a picture. We all do that. But i’ll be walking through some place that is crowded – like Disney – and get stuck behind someone who keeps stopping to take selfies or set up the perfect shot etc, and I’m like, there are thousands of people trying to get through this walkway, can you not? It’s not the same thing as taking one or two pictures to remember the moment.

    • SNAP says:

      I want to see their pics as they glow in the dark!!! 😀 These “influensters” remind me of what my grandma used to tell me when i was a teen: “so, if people start eating sh*t, you’re going to do it too bcs “everybody” is doing it?” …lol…i miss her sharp sense of humor. Wish i could tell her they did get idiots to eat tide pods and going to toxic lakes to post it online 🙄🙄🙄 eating sh*t must be next on the list.
      Gosh, a good photo editor with filters should be enough and safer 👽

      • Shirt Scene says:

        I know you’re joking, but it’s actually a thing. Medically used to treat C. difficile, pills of freeze dried fecal matter – or “poop pills” – are now a fad for weight loss and training. 😶

    • Lucy says:

      Amen: I don’t think people actually appreciate the places they visit because they are so busy taking selfies. It’s past the point of absurd.

    • escondista says:

      I need some advice from people. I feel both OLD (at 35) and JUDGMENTAL and MEAN when I literally start thinking less of my friends and family for their social media presence. I have an IG but I don’t post (I live far from home and keep up with people there).
      For example, one friend posts daily stories walking and talking about absolutely nothing; like 2 or 3 a day. Another takes a selfie every day – no matter how lovely she looks i don’t need an day-by-day account of her face. My cousin was just studying abroad in Italy and I could tell she was spending half a day posing in front of buildings or scoping out the best backdrop for social media rather than, you know any sort of study or delving into the culture.

      I love these people but damn if i have started not to like them for their narcissism and attention-seeking behavior.
      Do I just delete my account? Delete everyone who annoys me regularly?
      Do I belong on this planet?

      • snazzy says:

        hahah I’m 42 and feel the same way. I haven’t deleted anyone yet, because it is a nice way to see what people are up to, but sometimes it’s just dumb.

      • Skyblue says:

        This! I’ve started culling my instagram account by unfollowing anyone who starts posting boomerang photos and too many swimsuit poses. So far I’ve only had to remove celeb accounts. Goodbye Naomi Watts. Goodbye Jessica Chastain. I almost deleted a friend’s daughter when I noticed how hard she is working to become an influencer with every cliche photo under the sun but at the end of day she hasn’t posted a boomerang or bikini bottom butt shot yet so she’s still in the rotation.

      • Jo73c says:

        Well, I’m older than both of you and love IG 😉 I use it as a kind of photo journal of things I’ve seen that caught my eye when out & about. When I was on holiday last week, I probably took fifty photos to remember my holiday. Six went on IG, and were liked by only a very few people!
        However, I’m very choosy about who & what I follow and I think that’s the key. No influencers, no one who is trying to sell me anything, some friends & family, a couple of celebrities, but only those who are putting interesting photos up. (See Mark Hamill’s IG, it is delightful.)
        Just because someone follows me, doesn’t mean I’m going to follow them back unless I like how they post – content and quantity – I don’t need more than one, maybe two pics a day from anyone. I follow mostly photographers; landscape, wildlife and urban, amateur and professional. Completely uninterested in accounts full of selfies – I don’t get why anyone wants to see photos of some random person in multiple settings.

      • Cindy says:

        Oh, can I relate.

        Deleting the account is a good idea. I think with social media sometimes it’s best to take a Marie Kondo approach – if this site you’re visiting doesn’t “sparkle joy” then just stop visiting it. The world went on just fine without internet for most of it’s history, you can be fine without a site or 2. Does it really help to keep up with these people if you’re just growing to hate them?

        I think it’s good to keep in mind social media often takes out the worst in people. I don’t even bother with facebook anymore because I get so exhausted by my friends there. I LOVE my friends, but they are not themselves on social media. There’s this one friend I have who drives me crazy because she has legitimately convinced herself she’s the Hannah Arendt of our generation because she’s always getting in fights with alt-right douches in facebook and she always gets all the likes from her feminist friends. It’s like… you’re not helping anyone. You haven’t changed a single mysoginist’s mind. The wage gap remains the same after all your efforts. You didn’t stop any mysoginistic abortion laws with your dumb facebook fights. You didn’t stop any girl from getting raped. She’s just addicted to the validation she gets from those “likes”. And as I said, this wouldnt bother me if she just saw these fights as some type of internet hobby but the thing is she REALLY is convinced this is some sort of activism. The only thing she does to help the cause outside of this is going to the women’s march once a year… and as you probably imagined, yeah, she’s that girl who takes a million pictures so everyone knows she was there.

        I love her and she’s an incredible friend but at some point I decided I needed to stop exposing myself to her social media self if I didn’t want to hate her.

      • Lula says:

        I am from the same planet apparently. I have FB and Instagram but am almost never on because I am so embarrassed by the banality of my friends. You ate a sandwich. You saw a flower. You put some makeup on in your house. How is this interesting?? What do you want people to think??? When I first got FB I loved it for its group chat aspect cuz I was moving abroad and could stay in touch with a close group of friends, and I loved hearing what they were up to. But beyond that I struggle to see the appeal of any of this. Why do I want to look at strangers in front of a toxic lake??

      • Karina says:

        You can put them on mute so you still follow them but won’t see their posts.

      • elle says:

        I heard a comedian do a bit recently comparing instagram to what people did in the 80s – keep photo albums. He said to imagine if you went to someone’s house, and they pulled out a photo album that was just photo after photo of their face. You’d think they were a psychopath.

      • yellow says:

        I’m 41, left social media around 8-9 yrs ago and never looked back. Myspace was fun when it was new, and I was single and meeting lots of fun new friends around town. Facebook is such a boring looking site. While it is fun to see what people are up to at times, I really could care less on such a regular basis. I also didn’t like the facebook policies related to privacy and photos. Good riddance! And anyone who acted like you mentioned, definitely questionable as to whether we have anything of value in common.

    • Mophie121 says:

      I too hate the trend. People seem to do stuff to been seen, not to see for themselves. Also if I see someone clearly posing and trying to get the “right shot” there is no way I’m deferring or waiting until they’re done to move or look at something nearby – sorry you don’t get to monopolize a space just so you can get some likes on Instagram

      • FoundCat says:

        Ha! My son is actually an hard working athlete. Anyone can pretend to hold up a leaning tower of piza or stand next to a toxic waste dump. Few can actually land an aerial trick on skis at the prime age of lithe buoyancy. I delete the dumb yoga poseurs along w the cli Life is from the inside out for the true inspirational influencers.

    • Ninks says:

      I was just in holidays in Nice and we visited Éze while there, and while we were sitting in the exotic gardens watching all the instagrammers take their pictures. Not once did they stop to look at the view or admire the scenery. They would spent ages posing for pictures, pick up their camera and move to another spot to do the whole thing again. No laughing, no teasing each other, no having fun, no admiring the spectacular sights around them, they would move into the couple poses with fake smiles, hold for the camera to take the picture and then onto the next pose like performers who had done a routine thousands of times. It was so fake, so contrived. Hilarious to watch but so empty. I looked at the tag on instagram after and the pictures are lovely, sure; but what to they remember about that day, about the site, what memories are they taking with them?

      • Kitten says:

        Man, I am so happy that I saw Eze (how do you get the accent?) before social media was a thing. Eveythng you’re describing here makes me want to tear my hair out. Sigh. This is why we can’t have nice things: because people suck.

      • Ninks says:

        @Kitten alt gr + E for the É on the PC. On my phone, if I hold down a letter, a selection of different accents appear and I pick the one I need.

      • Kitten says:

        Argh just tried it and it’s not working for me for some reason, I noticed that I can’t do the “heart” with alt + 3 anymore either so maybe it’s something with my keyboard. Thanks for the info though.

      • Boodiba says:

        Yes! I am thinking of a solo trip I took to Belize in 2014. I was poolside, sunning myself at a resort. This particular pool had a big rock thing in the middle – it had slides through it. Kids, teens and 20-somethings were sliding or jumping off. The older kids would do this thing where they’d have one person at the edge of the pool, taking the picture. They’d dive, swim over, look at the pictures, and repeat, again and again, trying to get the best shot. I found myself wondering if they’d bother jumping off the rock at all if not for the pictures. It seemed like probably not. It’s a performative display. None of them were truly present for their fake fun, it seemed.

    • AnnaKist says:

      I love going to our Royal Botanic Gardens. And all our national parks have free entry, so are accessible by everyone. I’m lucky enough to live only five minutes from Australia’s Native Botanic Gardens – open by that creep, Prince Andy and his equally-obnoxious wife, eerrrgh. We took our infants’ classes there for an excursion recently, as they also have an amazing environmental education centre. While most of the other teachers were snapping away (selfies, too), I took two photos all day. One of my autistic students got rather agitated when someone got too close to him, calling out on a megaphone. To distract him, I led him to the perfectly-formed dandelion ball I’d found. I got him to hold it as I took a photo, which is now my phone’s wallpaper. (I told him to blow the dandelion and make a wish, and he kept trying to tell me his wish for the rest of the day…) Walking along a path, we were admiring the glossy leaves of some native shrubs, with the dew drops still glistening on them. I then spied an utterly beautiful St Andre’s Cross spider in its web, with the sun making th web and dew drops gleam. The photo I took was National Geographic-worthy. Thee instagrammers are idiots.

    • lucy2 says:

      I just went on a big vacation, and really noticed that now more than ever before. I did a day trip out of one of the cities, and there were people on it who did the trip solely to do take photos of themselves. Every stop was like a fashion shoot, and this was not an inexpensive tour!
      It really began irritating me, it is so NOT what travel should be about. They didn’t care at all where they were, what they were seeing, and didn’t absorb the experience at all. Travel should open you up to the world, but this way is so unbelievably self absorbed and fake.

      Honestly, if all people want is the photo op, I wish they’d just stay home and photoshop themselves onto various backgrounds, and leave the actual places for the real travelers.

      • G says:

        The ones that make money doing it, they’re really just working in advertising / marketing. They get paid to wear the clothes they’re advertising and also to stay at these resorts etc. for many companies it’s cheaper to pay an influencer between 1-10K for an Instagram post that will reach thousands to hundreds of thousands/millions than it is to pay millions for an advertising campaign on TV that reaches a similar amount of people. So when I see this I just see someone working. They’re not real tourists. They’re just freelance talent working for said company to market / advertise a product. It really just shows how the advertising world is evolving. Luckily it’s becoming more transparent. Celebrities/influencers have to now tell their fans their posts are sponsored. What’s great is that the youth, I’m talking tweens / teens realize how inauthentic these influencers are due to filters / Facetune / sponsorships / buying fake followers and using Instagram less and less. Most tweens / teens polled use Snapchat and few are using Instagram. So at least there’s a trend in the Instagram influencer slowly dying. Also due to the oversaturation of “wannabe influencers” a lot of companies just trade their product for a post. They won’t pay unless your followers are at least 100k and up and so its becoming less and less sustainable for this to be a full time paid career for someone just starting to become an influencer unless you’re already an established name. There are also AI apps that marketers use to input your Instagram name and see what percentage of your followers are bots and which are legit. I guess the best thing to get out of this : to predict future trends look at the youth. If younger users aren’t using Instagram or using it much less it’s a good predictor that we’ll see another shift soon just like we’ve seen with MySpace and Facebook. I just say beware of data mining and advertisers. Advertising in the US has an interesting history that stems from Nazi propaganda. It’s based in manipulating the psychology of both adult minds and impressionable young minds. Google is no longer a search engine company but a data mining company. Enlist your kids in tech free schools. Avoid giving them iPads / phones when their minds are still developing. Be the change you want to see in others, and always do it in a positive manner. We don’t want negative trends we are mentioning to become the norm.

    • Jamie says:

      Agree with others here. We were just on vacation in a major city and at every viewpoint we had trouble looking because of people draping themselves over walls taking photo shoots, doing tons of different poses and taking their sweet time. I don’t mind people taking a quick photo and then getting out of the way, but this was different. Same at an aquarium we visited; people blocking the viewing spots taking ridiculous selfies in front of the fish. This was on a extremely crowded day and it was hard for me and the kids to get close enough to see the fish because of these photo shoots. It’s just plain rude.

    • Arpeggi says:

      Agreed, I hate the fakeness of it all! I was on a trip with 2 friends recently and the Ig-picture taking got on my nerves very quickly. Taking a picture of one another “casually” reading under an oak when truth was they just sat there, opened the book at random page, took a pic and moved on is so freacking silly and time-consuming! I just couldn’t…

      I love parts of instagram, there are a few accounts I love (my fav is pictures of all the quirks/potholes/mid-summer xmas trees finally put to trash you’ll find in my city: it’s hard to stage that! Award for good boys is my 2nd fav), but I hate how fake and staged so much of it is. And I loath those who’ll endanger nature/themselves just for some extra “likes”. It’s so vapid it’s not funny anymore

    • Zeddy says:

      You’re fun.

    • Alex Schuster says:

      That beautiful place was the hiding place of a serial killer who would dump the bodies in suitcases and I believe he was found out because of this new found paradise. Dont quote of the exact goings on but yes because that spot has become an attraction he was found out…. something good came out of it I guess

  2. runcmc says:

    I do love that in the examples posted, the most likes any of those posts got is 611, which is hardly “influencer” level. Most didn’t even crack 100, and I get more likes than that on posts (and I’m NOWHERE near an influencer…I post a lot of pictures of my dogs actually).

    It’s just funny to me to see them endangering themselves … for what? For nothing. And I don’t mean that like being an influencer is nothing, I mean even with the goal of being an influencer it’s not working.

  3. Blacksred says:

    Aruba and Grand Caymans water were both more impressive

  4. Seraphina says:

    @Hectate, Great link to gorgeous beaches which one can swim in and not be afraid of the after effects. And great example, I too think a lion is beautiful, but I’m not going to walk up and scratch it under it chin.

    And I’ve been to Greece. The water is a gorgeous blue. Don’t even need a filter to make it look like it does in magazines.

  5. Ksias says:

    As someone who lives in a place where we drink bottle water because the quality of the tap water is questionable at best due to the pollution from coal ash; these people are idiots. Our area has tons of issues with things like higher rates of rare cancers to just chronic skin issues. I will also add that I live in a place that is considered on of the best suburbs in the US.

  6. Marianne says:

    Yeah I dont get going to a place solely to take a instagram picture. If Im going its because I want to see/do the thing. Sure, I likely will stop and pose for a photo somewhere and quickly check the picture to make sure Im not squinting or that theres no glare or whatever…but I’ve never had someone take hundreds of photos of me in the same spot to get *EXACTLY* the right picture.

    I mean unless its for like a class project, I can understand but lets be honest 99% of the time its for the gram. I agree with you guys actually enjoy the scenery and the things around you and not just whats going to get 1000 likes.

  7. Cee says:

    I haaate influencers. I find them vapid, shallow and ignorant. This post proves my point (not you Hecate, just these idiots endangering themselves).

    • lensblury says:

      Same. I hate that people travel somewhere (not just to Novosibirsk, but in general) just to take pictures. That means they often FLY to these places and pollute everything we have. For likes. For selling themselves. And that’s just the travelling aspect. I hate influencers so much. There is nothing to their lives – just selling stuff. They don’t educate others, they don’t have genuine causes… they usually just promote a very empty and dumb lifestyle. That makes me angry and very disappointed.

    • Deering24 says:

      Amen. Major Red Flag—“I’m keeping up my brand.” It’s compulsive—like these people won’t exist unless they keep selfie-ing their lives. And it’s a humblebrag—“See, I got proof I’m cooler than you.” Someone I know lives to take pix of everyone’s food when we eat out, and it’s annoying as hell.

  8. Mab's A'Mabbin says:

    There are truly jaw-droppingly beautiful places to visit on our planet. I have vaycay pics from all over the Caribbean, throughout Hawaiian islands, South America, etc. Beautiful sparkling waters, gorgeous scenery and SAFE. Well as safe as Belize’s barrier reef can be at 100 feet below lol. I posted very few when I was on FB, but gave up watching friends, family, et al reveal themselves many years back. Making money for posting pics sounds fine in and of itself, but as usual, too many people go embarrassingly too far with everything from locale to verbage to the actual shot. I get tickled thinking about everyone’s future way down the road. You don’t get to tell the internet you’ve had enough of that certain pic or please erase that awful thing I said. I love it. 😛

    • BeanieBean says:

      I was thinking the same thing. Crater Lake, Oregon is one of my all-time favorite places on the planet–and was please to see it listed in that link provided in the post. Now that is blue!!

  9. DS9 says:

    This in particular is weird to me. I’m not burning my lady business for a good beach shot.

  10. Nanea says:

    I too hate “influencers”, especially when they don’t respect nature, don’t care about other people’s property and/or how people earn their livelihood. Broken fences and trampled lavender fields in the Provence come to mind – or, closer to home, vineyards picked empty. And if one tries to talk reason, they pretend they had no idea they were trespassing – despite multilingual signs reminding them, and let you know you’re the one spoiling their fun…

  11. Cdnkitty says:

    It’s super funny to me that they are posing in a tailings pond. Like, that shit is gross. Science people – it’ll tell you that arsenic is natural and tailings ponds are very very dangerous.

  12. ME says:

    Ha ha you think you have to be photogenic??? The pics they post are FAKE as can be. Those people don’t look like that in real life !!! This is the problem so many young people are facing. They can’t comprehend that 99% of the sh*t they see on instagram isn’t real. Photshop, facetune, filters, etc. is what it is. Reddit has a great sub about this called instagramreality.

  13. Penelop says:

    I follow a instagram hashtag for my favorite lake nearby, #LakeTahoe because I love to see photos of it come into my stream.

    Lately, all I have seen is obnoxious narcissistic influencers going to Lake Tahoe and hijacking this majestic place on their influencer instAgrams. They all do the same contrived photos and same contrived look. So they will pull their swimsuit up their butts and do the standard thong shot in front of this beautiful lake. Who goes to the wilderness and corrupts its natural beauty with a fake photoshoot for instagram? UGH

    It seems like every average Looking Betty is an “influencer” these days fronting as a “world traveler” “explorer” and they just take pictures of their behind or some sexual pose in front of picturesque places like Lake Tahoe. It is so gross. Why bother going to a beautiful place in the outdoors if you cant appreciate it and its just a means to an end for social media for crying out loud. What a waste.

    I wish they would go away

    • stacey says:

      Because of the rise of these outdoor idiot influencers wannabes, I don’t geotag the exact location of my favorite pictures in my 50 person instagram of close friends and family.

      I don’t want them to be able to find my secret spots and wreck them and exploit them for money.

      They all post the same van camping shot, or feet sticking out of a tent or someone standing on a cliff in a puffy hiking jacket. All these images look the same now and I have no clue how this helps their sponsors.

    • BeanieBean says:

      Oh, I forgot about Tahoe! Right after Crater Lake, Tahoe is my favorite. I like Crater Lake better because it’s a National Park & therefore doesn’t have all that development along the edge. But Tahoe itself sure is a thing of beauty.

  14. Cay says:

    Am I the only one who finds a symbolic connection between toxic backgrounds and influencers?

  15. OriginalLala says:

    I hate “influencers” – they all seem so vapid and narcissistic..and entirely un-original. They all jump on the same content bandwagon, shill the same products, I don’t understand how it’s a remotely sustainable business model.

    • lucy2 says:

      A lot of them all look the same too, it’s weird.

      I do get a kick out of stories of “influencers” who try to coerce people into giving them free stuff for “exposure”, and then it turns out they have like 500 followers.

  16. Lisa says:

    Absolute idiots.

  17. sommolierlady says:

    The Carribean has waters just as blue and they won’t kill you. Idiots. I really wish the whole “selfie” fad would die. How many damn pictures of yourself do you need? I have been fortunate enough to be able to do some travel and I rarely come back with any photos of myself.

  18. Jess says:

    I like how Russian fashion got stuck somewhere between 1988 & 1992

  19. Incontinentia Buttocks says:

    Fun story: I was at the Accademia in Florence looking at David and some old lady came up to me and, speaking to me in Italian, took me by the elbow and started to steer me aside. She wasn’t being aggressive or anything, she was actually smiling and nodding, but I screamed dramatically nonetheless. * A gallery guard came over to investigate. I was all, “This stranger is touching me!”, and the old lady told the guard that she wanted to take a picture of her sister with David but that I was in the shot. The guard just looked at her and said that David is very popular and she had to either wait or just take whatever picture she can like everybody else does.

    So it’s not just young people.

    *I have made it a habit to scream dramatically whenever any total stranger deliberately touches me. Even if they nudge me with their cart when I’m in line at the grocery store. I don’t care if I look crazy. Keep your wretched hands to yourself and/or learn patience.

    Edit: sorry this was supposed tobe a reply

  20. M.A.F says:

    I was on vacation in Europe in June and the amount of people just taking selfies got on my last nerve. I probably walked through at least a dozen or so photos. I dont care how that makes me seem but i am not here for your social media bs. This one woman had a selfie stick in a church and at every point in the church she took a selfie and not once did she admire the art or architecture, just going for the pose.

  21. Mab's A'Mabbin says:

    It’s nice to see so many of you relishing wherever you visit. There’s absolutely no way to drink in the sights, history, art, architecture and culture of a place if you’re buried in your phone finding a best selfie to post. It’s so absurd I can’t even lol.

    Sometimes I’m sitting in a new restaurant or cafe or patio simply watching and looking at everything. A cobblestone town center. A local woman trying to corral her kids while trying to buy some fresh bread on the other side of the stone fountain, and she’s expressing her frustration in another language lmao. The waiter is making my Irish coffee right beside me…melting sugar, warming my mug, whipping the cream and the aroma is intoxicating. Who knew I loved whiskey? Oh and my favorite…watching a dude make my extremely fresh ceviche from the morning’s catch and a freshly made, with local tropical fruit, rum punch then serving me on the beach under a palapa. Oh. Mah. Gawd. I’m salivating just thinking about it!

    • Incontinentia Buttocks says:

      You’re reminding me of that time that I spent in the Algarve. I had borrowed a friend’s shack in a little town with a little beach. It was a seriously little beach, no tourists, practically deserted at most times. I would buy a fish from one of the boats, take it to a lady who would clean and cook it (she had a grill set up near the boats and made money by grilling on demand), then spread out my towel, eat my fish with lettuce and drink my vinho verde while digging my toes into the sand and watching the sea advance and retreat, advance and retreat, advance and retreat. There are virtually no pictures of that holiday.

      • Mab's A'Mabbin says:

        Exactly! I have no pics of some of my most memorable holiday ventures. And maybe that’s why they’re so memorable? I really don’t know. It’s as though I’m so thoroughly in the moment I forget to break out the phone or camera. But it’s those moments I can recall with such detail.

  22. May says:

    Wow, they’re basically splashing around in a tailings pond just to get pictures.

  23. Mrs.Krabapple says:

    Modern Darwinism.

  24. Zeddy says:

    A lot of people getting real worked up about people taking some photos in a way they don’t think is appropriate in these comments today. Kinda weird.

    • Otaku fairy... says:

      It’s partially a generation/gender/career war, and I think it all this had been around for a few centuries, people might be slightly more calm about it now. The points about people wrecking the environment, being rude and inconsiderate, or endangering the environment for likes are spot on though.

  25. DahliaDee says:

    Well, if they decide to ignore the warnings and go swimming, it’s just natural selection.

  26. The Recluse says:

    Now consider the toxic chemicals entering the local atmosphere via evaporation…

  27. Faithmobile says:

    Instant fremdschämen looking at these pictures. I also became aware of this lake because of the murderer using it as a body dump. Instagram is what you make it, my account is filled with other wood toy makers, artists, and pictures of children playing outside, I would never use it if it was filled with lame influencers.