Flickr a Week 45a: ‘Welcome to Paradise’

Two years ago today, the Northern California town of Paradise largely burned to the ground during the raging Camp Fire, which destroyed in excess of 18,000 structures and displaced more than 26,000 people. Ninety-percent of the community’s residents have fled, and the majority won’t return anytime soon; if ever.

There are several documentaries about the disaster. Tonight, National Geographic will air my pick for best: Ron Howard film “Rebuilding Paradise“, which my wife and I rented and watched about four months ago. The doc tells the story of those who stayed.

In happier times, being March 12, 2012, Jessica Paterson captured the iconic town sign—self-titled “Welcome to Paradise“—using Canon EOS 5D Mark II and EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM lens. Vitals: f/5.6, ISO 100, 1/400 sec, 24mm. From Darlington, UK, the amateur shooter joined Flickr in February 2006. Sadly, her Photostream is idle; for five years.

Photo Credit: Jessica Paterson