Windows XP “Bliss” Background

Seen billions of times by many millions of people, is it perhaps one of the most famous photos ever? Taken by Charles O’Rear in 1996 in Sonoma County, California, the distinctive rolling green hills and lush blue sky is very much a trademark of the Windows XP operating system as it was the default wallpaper shipped with every system. After a little research, I found my goal – the actual coordinates of the location where the picture was taken:  38.250124,-122.410817. You can see how it looks now on Google street view by clicking here.

bliss-background-now

Not quite as colourful now - Google Maps

I found a very interesting article on ‘twistedsifter’ which you can read by clicking here.

Matt