Monday, April 13, 2009

Origin of Windows XP Default Wallpaper

Have you ever thought what is this picture, where does it come from and other details? This is a photograph of a landscape in Sonoma County, California, from which the famous Bliss image, used as the default computer wallpaper on Windows XP, was produced. The photograph was taken by the professional photographer Charles O’Rear. Inside you’ll find the Bliss image to compare with, the same view shot 10 years later and a photo by the Swiss artist who managed to find a view post factum, which looks even more like the Bliss image!

Here's the original Image:



You can see the original landscae in Sonoma County, California on Google Maps
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9 comments:

Burma Jade said...

coollllll

Anonymous said...

The middle image, with the lightning, is a shop of bliss.

Beautiful WALLPAPER THEMES said...

Gooooooood

tnomeralc web design toys said...

Sweet wallpaper.. Guys, I hope this would be a preserve place in the human history for the future. We hope Microsoft company they do this for the young generation. But its quite cool wallpaper.

Matt said...

Did anyone else notice the photoshopped mountain into the right hand side?

Anonymous said...

it looks like there is some writing at the bottom of the hill thas has been blured any one think so

Angus McFangus said...

Did anyone notice that the real hill doesn't have a recycle bin bottom right? Has it blown away or been destroyed? Maybe the governmint will fund replacement?

You'll all think I'm a dork, but given how many peoplehave seen this image/place, I think it's awesome to be able to track it down (thank-you internet!). How cool would it be to say to your friends that you live next door to XP hill? (probably not very :/)

I'm almost tempted to put together a road trip to visit pop culture spots like this.....a sign of being either ahead of my time or very, very sad.

Adriano Ramos said...

When I saw this image on first time, I thougt the Microsoft had gotten this image from the Teletubbies' hill :-)

Anonymous said...

Isn't that where they did the commercial "happy cows come from california"? lol