If popularity is measured in numbers, then this panorama has to be one of the most popular panoramas of all time, if not the most popular.
Anyone who’s owned a computer with Microsoft’s Windows XP operating system has seen this wallpaper. And it’s lingered in their minds like a persistent after-image.
“Bliss” presents an idyllic vista of rolling green hills and a blue sky, with whiffs of white clouds—a landscape too perfect to be true. But it turns out that it is.
It’s a photograph of a location in Sonoma County, California’s wine country, taken in 1996, by a former National Geographic photographer, Charles O’Rear. Today, this lovely vale is a vineyard.