The November 2022 End Notes are the shortest there have ever been. I feel like I haven’t gotten around to doing anything! What the heck?!
In reality though, I did at least manage to put another calendar together. Which you can order directly here. The selection of this year’s calendar photos is in the announcement blog post, here: 2023 Landscape & Nature Calendar. (note: it’s weird to type 2023, and I’m so glad that I didn’t screw this up on the calendar, haha!)
Weather & On The Trail
Early in November we had rain, actual rain! That was nice, but it was followed by a much longer period of the typical “Santa Ana” weather we have at this time of the year, with extremely low humidity and high winds. This is Southern California’s peak fire season but luckily, no fires broke out. With those winds, they’d be completely out of control. (October 2022 actually marked the 15th anniversary of the very destructive 2007 Witch Creek Fire, which reached areas very, very close to where we live. Natural areas around Lake Hodges still looked very bare when I moved here in 2010, and burn scars can be seen around many trees.)
November is also the time when we have somewhat decent fall colors, at least at the higher elevations of the county, and I once more led a group of photographers from my photo club on a short hike to see those. This year we went to Wooded Hill in the Laguna Mountains and we were there pretty much at the peak of color, which all comes from Black Oaks that are turning yellow. On the hike though, I was struggling with the rather open Southern California forest, and all the visual clutter in it! I didn’t come back with many photos that I like…
I know that I’m often slow to follow up and reply to comments here, keeping a meaningful conversation going. For our September/October trip, I had temporarily disabled commenting on posts that were older than two weeks (to limit spam and potential overload I’d come back to), and promptly forgot to turn that back on again. That was pretty dumb because by the time I finally replied, you didn’t actually have a chance to keep the conversation going! Comments are open again on all older posts now. Sorry ’bout that!
No Thanks, Elon & Hello Fediverse
I deleted my Twitter account soon after Musk started his whole shit-show there, and joined a Mastodon server. In case you did the move too, you can find & follow me as @email@example.com or take a peek at my profile https://mas.to/@alexskunz to see what I’m sharing there. I always said that I’d pay for an ad-free, privacy-friendly social network without algorithms. Making donations to the person/team that runs a Mastodon server to ensure that it stays that way feels great!
I really like Mastodon. It’s very freeing to get away from all the bullshit on Twitter — which I do hope will go to hell, to be quite honest. I think that the world as a whole will be a better place without centrally controlled, algorithm and ad-revenue driven social media like Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and so on. The voices of the village idiots, the demagogues, the voices of hate, ignorance and spite, are multiplied and amplified and propelled into everyone’s view by algorithms that reward attention, no matter how it is generated. A decentralized, user-regulated system like Mastodon seems much more desirable to me, even though I see the challenges for content moderation and growth that lie ahead.
Worth Your Time
Just two short things this month…
- The Anomalies: The Acord Woodpecker (video, 7:54)
- Fascism, Free Speech, and Musk’s Twitter (6 minute read)
Thanks to the buyers from Long Beach, California; Portland, Oregon; Sparks Glencoe, MD; Fayetteville, Arkansas! Because I have so very few photos from the month (besides the ones that I already shared in the blog posts from the beach, and the infrared ones) I’ve inserted them between the different sections above, this month. That’s pretty lame, I know…
And that’s it for this month already! I need to keep an eye on the final submissions for our photo club’s annual contest, and start writing my holiday cards!