August 1, 2016

Here’s The Hidden Story About The Iconic Windows Wallpaper – It’s Real Picture

We may come across major things in our day to day life. Most of the times we fail to notice the strange thing in it. With the increase in technology, use of a computer which was a luxury once upon a time became a necessity. In the present situation of Tech world, there is no wonder if anyone says that computer is an essential part of a human. Though you may be using the computer for many days, most probably there would be many things which were unknown to you. If you are using the computer for many days, then here is a question for you.

 Do You Remember The Image Of Blue sky and rolling pasture? – Windows Wallpaper

If you are computer users from a long time, then you are very familiar with this picture. Most of the Windows XP users had set this wallpaper as the desktop background. Once have a look at the picture.
windows wallpaper

The image is so crisp that we all went into a wrong assumption thinking the image as photoshopped image. But to our surprise, the image is a real photograph taken by a photographer while he was on his way to meet his girlfriend.

Are you curious to know the entire story? Then simply scroll down to view the interesting story behind this pretty cool wallpaper.

Here’s The Entire Story:

  • This default windows wallpaper was titled as Bliss

bliss wallpaper

charles o'rear

  • Charles O’Rear worked as a photographer for National Geographic


  • He took this photograph while he was driving through northern California’s wine growing territory. It is in the Sonoma country. At that time he was on the way to meet his girlfriend Daphne (now his wife)

charles with girfriend

  • He later submitted this photograph to Corbis, the stock photo and image licensing service founded by Bill Gates in 1989. Bill Gates liked the photograph and he purchased this photograph when Microsoft was about to launch Windows XP in 2001.

microsoft bought wallpaper

  • He was paid with the largest amount ever paid for a single photograph.

bliss wallpaper taken

Now have a look at the picture taken exactly at the same place (where Bliss was shot) 10 years later  by Simon Goldin.

real windows wallpaper

Windows XP is not available now. After the end of XP era, Microsoft made a video about Charles O’Rear and his famous photograph.

[Watch Video]: Story Behind The Windows Wallpaper

Isn’t this story behind the photograph amazing? Share this information with your friends and Comment your opinion below.

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About the author 

Imran Uddin

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