Contrary to odd popular belief... Oct to mid Nov is too early. Late Nov & Dec yes but before that doesn't really factor in unless you're hoping for early December wildflowers. I have been tracking them for ten years now and the earliest we've ever seen wide spread cover is early January not pre-Christmas. We have seen late December results but not wide spread color that some only associate as worthy.
Definitely too late this season for full spread coverage but there have been notable sightings
The rare water shows are more of interest this year