I wonder if it's possible for information to become too accessible? For instance, hikers—and, of course, photographers—can now go online to see five live or recent views of scenic vistas around Yosemite National Park taken by automatic fixed cameras. Not the right light or weather conditions? Not the kind of cloud formations that suit your fancy? Ho, hum—no need to get out of bed, then. Just roll over and go back to sleep.
The picture above was taken from Turtleback Dome, elevation 5266 feet, at 9:00 p.m. PDT last night. (Rather amusingly—but of course, perfectly accurately—the live cams show rectangles of plain black many nights.)
I have to admit, though, that if you're nowhere near Yosemite, living the life vicarious via webcam can be oddly soothing sometimes. I kinda like it.