You might not believe it, but the famous Windows XP wallpaper – that beautiful landscape with green lawn and blue sky – was made up of a real photograph and location in California.
Do you remember her?
Known by the name of “Bliss”, the landscape was recorded by the American photographer Charles O’Rear in 1996, some good years before the launch of the operating system.
According to The Next Web, the image would not have undergone any changes or special effects by the Microsoft team, having its dazzling colors originally registered through O’Rear’s lenses.
Now, with the help of Street View, the unforgettable landscape can be seen directly by Google’s map service. If you want to visit, the coordinates are: 38.248966, -122.410269. You can also view it in 360º below:
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Although Street View photos do not show the same environment and colors as the original photo, a Panorâmio user, during 2010, managed to partially reproduce the landscape: