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Wildflower tipster pulls plug on Web site

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For the past 15 years, photographer Carol Leigh has run an online service that lists the best places to see wildflowers in California, based on tips from fellow photographers. But Leigh recently decided to stop publishing her "Wildflower Hotsheet."

Leigh made the decision after learning that people were ruining the poppy and lupen-filled sites.

”I was beginning to get reports of people behaving badly in the wildflower fields, people going out and trampling the wildflowers, putting down blankets and having picnics right on top of all of the flowers,” said Leigh.

Leigh said the reports may have been exaggerated, but she started feeling responsible for the behavior. She says she's received mostly positive e-mails about her decision. But, she adds, there are some who would like her to continue the site and to educate people about how they should act around wildflowers.

“Heck, I can’t even keep my cat off the kitchen counter. How can I keep people from stomping on the wildflowers?" asked Leigh.

Leigh said she may resume publishing the tip sheet in the future.

(Audio: KPCC's Alex Cohen spoke with Carol Leigh, the woman behind the "Wildflower Hotsheet.")