A Day in the Life of a Fire Lookout

Photographer Gary Yost hauled 120 pounds of photographic gear to the Gardner Lookout, on the East Paek of Mt. Tamalpais. His video documents the life of a fire lookout, keeping watch over the San Francisco Bay area over the course of two days.

It’s a lengthy video, but very well worth it… especially if you need to slow down the pace of your day.

Watching this video made me think a bit about how we spend our time, how we spend our days. There are jobs… and then there is this job.

Here’s a great description by Yost about his experience:

The stars up there are magnificent. The fog below is like a carpet of slow-motion ocean, illuminated from underneath by the lights of San Francisco, Marin and the East Bay. It was so beautiful that I couldn’t sleep.

More information on the video’s creator, and the process here.

// Side note: Yost has a pretty interesting background, and I can’t seem to shake the idea that his name seems really familiar to me. Maybe it’s the Atari connection, but I feel like it’s something else. I feel like I’ve heard his name somewhere before…

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