Take a look at 30 awesome photos from November 2014
A man dressed as Santa Klaus rides a wave with a stand up paddle on November 18, 2014 in Varazze, near Genoa, as the bad weather created good surfing conditions in the Mediterranean. AFP PHOTO / OLIVIER MORIN
A ship sails in the Mediterranean Sea as lightning strikes the sky as seen from the Israeli coastal moshav of Mikhmoret, north of Tel Aviv, on November 24, 2014. AFP PHOTO / JACK GUEZ (Photo credit should read JACK GUEZ/AFP/Getty Images)
Indian soldiers take part in a demonstration of 'fire breathing' at the start of Operation Hand in Hand - a joint training exercise between Indian and Chinese troops - at Aundh Military Camp in Pune on November 18, 2014. The ten day exercise with the Asian neighbors in the western Indian state of Maharashtra is set to focus on sharing strategic know-how in counter-insurgency and counter-terrorism operations. AFP PHOTO/STR (Photo credit should read STRDEL/AFP/Getty Images)
A Bengal Tiger yawns in its enclosure in the Shanghai Zoo on November 18, 2014. AFP PHOTO / JOHANNES EISELE
SOLIKAMSK, RUSSIA - NOVEMBER 20: A view of a sinkhole stretching 20 by 30 meters at the Solikamsk-2 mine on November 20, 2014 in Solikamsk, Perm region, Russia. (Photo by Uralkali Press Center/TASS/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham makes stunning touchdown catch in the first half during game against the Dallas Cowboys. Sunday, November 23, 2014 at the MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Photo by Robert Sabo/NY Daily News via Getty Images)
MOGADISHU, SOMALIA - NOVEMBER 24: Somalian fisherman carries hammerhead shark on his head from the port to the fish market on the eastern Curubo beach of Somalian capital city Mogadishu on November 24, 2014. Somalia's coastline is more than 3,025 kilometers in length and fishing takes a major share in Somalian economy. (Photo by Nour Gelle Gedi/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
Real Madrid's Portuguese forward Cristiano Ronaldo (Top) vies with Malaga's Ivorian defender Arthur Boka during the Spanish league football match Malaga CF vs Real Madrid CF at the Rosaleda stadium in Malaga on November 29, 2014. AFP PHOTO/ JORGE GUERRERO
The moon partially obscured the view of the sun from NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory, or SDO, on Nov. 22, 2014. This lunar transit was visible only from SDO's point of view. (NASA/SDO)
LOUISVILLE, KY - NOVEMBER 4: A voter gestures as Senate Minority Leader U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY) votes in the midterm elections at Bellarmine University November 4, 2014 in Louisville, Kentucky. McConnell is running in a tight race against opponent Kentucky Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes. (Photo by Aaron P. Bernstein/Getty Images)
Sheep graze at the Champ de Mars near the Eiffel Tower in Paris during a protest by farmers demanding an effective plan by the ecology ministry to fight against wolves following an increasing number of attacks on flocks on November 27, 2014. AFP PHOTO / PATRICK KOVARIK (Photo credit should read PATRICK KOVARIK/AFP/Getty Images)
An polar bear swims on November 13, 2014, at the zoo, in Mulhouse, eastern France. AFP PHOTO /SEBASTIEN BOZON (Photo credit should read SEBASTIEN BOZON/AFP/Getty Images)
Boys play with an empty water tank at a football field next to the Terra Prometida favela in Guadalupe, outskirts of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on November 17, 2014. AFP PHOTO / YASUYOSHI CHIBA (Photo credit should read YASUYOSHI CHIBA/AFP/Getty Images)
AGRI, TURKEY - NOVEMBER 20: Morning fog covers the Ishak Pasha Palace in the Dogubayazit district of Agri, eastern Turkey, on November 20, 2014. The palace which was built on a hill at the side of a mountain 5 km. east of Doubeyazt District, is the last large monumental structure of the Ottoman Empire in the 'Lale Devri' Period. It is one of the most distinguished and magnificent examples of the 18th century Ottoman architecture and is very valuable in terms of art history.The characteristic of the palace is in its mixture of Ottoman, Persian and Seljuk architectural styles. The palace was built in 1685 by II. Ishak Pasha. According to the inscription on the top of the door at the Harem Section, it was constructed in 1784. (Photo by Selahattin Kacuru/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
A model presents a creation made with organic elements by Colombian designer Juan Pablo Garzon during BioFashion show, in Cali, Department of Valle del Cauca, Colombia, on November 29, 2014. BioFashion through of designs made with flowers, live plants, and organic elements aims to create awareness about the preservation of natural resources. AFP PHOTO / LUIS ROBAYO (Photo credit should read LUIS ROBAYO/AFP/Getty Images)
The Turrialba volcano, located in the Costa Rican province of Cartago, about 35km southwest of San Jose, spews ash on November 1, 2014. The Turrialba volcano spew ash and volcanic rocks this morning, causing the National Institute of Emergencies to evacuate some of the people living on its slopes. Today's eruption is the largest in the last 150 years, according to OVSICORI. AFP PHOTO/EzequielBECERRA (Photo credit should read EZEQUIEL BECERRA/AFP/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 23: Recording artists Iggy Azalea (L) and Jennifer Lopez perform onstage at the 2014 American Music Awards at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on November 23, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Christopher Polk/AMA2014/Getty Images for DCP)
Santa Claus -- or a man on a surfboard dressed as the jolly old elf -- rode the wave where it took him in the Mediterranean earlier this month, right to the top of AOL.com's monthly roundup of awesome photos. The festive image, snapped on November 18, is one of many photos that would foreshadow winter well before the season officially arrives.
So, take a cue from surfing Santa and ride the wave of incredible photos from November in the slideshow above. There are splendid images aplenty: a dramatic scene from northwestern New York, where a lake-effect storm produced a three-day, historic snow event.
Journey back to the morning of the Midterm Elections where then-Senate minority leader Mitch McConnell was seen at the polls as a Kentucky voter gave an enthusiastic thumbs down behind McConnell's back. McConnell and the Republicans would have the last laugh that day, taking over control of Congress.
Remarkable balance took center stage in multiple photos. Be sure to see a tremendous shot of Giants rookie receiver Odell Beckham Jr. making the 'greatest catch ever' and a Somali fisherman balancing a large hammerhead shark on his head as he ventures off to a market to sell his catch.
Forces of nature seemed a little more out-of-control than usual. In addition to all of the snow that buried the Buffalo region, gaping holes opened up in the sky and in the ground -- and there are pics to prove it.
Animals had a big month in front of the camera as several photos above will attest, particularly a white Bengal tiger captured in the middle of a memorable yawn that would make Gene Simmons jealous.
As the calendar turns from November to December, see your world through the mighty camera lens. Take a moment to feast your eyes and look back at the month that was.