This is a guest post from Lindsay Yost who climbed Mt. Kilimanjaro in 2011 with Climb for Sight. Lindsay writes about some of her experiences leading up to the climb. She reflects on the importance of photography, and on the flip side, of the importance of setting down her camera to soak in the moments that can't be captured through the eye of a lens.
As a photographer. I have been in heaven these last few days. I have been jumping from one side of our Safari jeep to the next, elbowing people, and shouting at our guide to slow down or stop. I have been crazed by composing the perfect picture.
We have seen elephants...
monkeys, cheetahs, and rhinos, just to name a few. I have hundreds of zebra photos, a series of lion photos, and close up of an elephant. I have snapshots of Elaura and I at fancy dinners. And we even visited a Masai village where I was able to take portraits of children, families, and a kindergarten class. However, these images don't begin to explain what we have really seen here in just a few days. They don't show the humility we have learned, the compassion we feel, the laughter, and even the tears that were shed at a sacred welcoming ceremony in the Masai village... yes, we are Fishes.
There are times that I must just set my camera aside and not be trapped behind a viewfinder. There are images I see that a camera can't capture. We see children playing in the streets with old tires, little girls carrying buckets of water on their heads, and their mothers carrying banana bundles or piles of sticks. Today we even saw a man walking down the street naked. On our safari we watched a cheetah chase and kill a Thompson Antelope in just a matter of minutes.
The final photo of the day was our first glimpse at the mysterious summit of Kilimanjaro. The snow covered peak was visible above the clouds that commonly hide it. It looked as though the top third of the mountain was just floating above the clouds. A daunting but inspiring view. But as Elaura says, the mountain is welcoming us and we are ready!
Send us your good juju, prayers of strength, and endurance. And if you have extra juju ask for no vomiting and minimal medical side effects for the prescription drugs that are already making my hands and feet tingle...
Love, Lindsay (and Elaura)