I just saw this really cool video about the Microsoft Windows XP wallpaper, “Bliss”. It’s an 8 minute video from the photographer, Charles ‘O Rear, that took the photo. It’s about the story behind how he captured it, and eventually sold it to Microsoft. For starters, you have to just love the guy telling the story. He’s a great story teller and just seems like a guy I’d love to sit down and chat with.
But what I really found interesting is where he took the photo. I would swear up and down that the Bliss photo was taken in the Palouse region of Washington state. In fact, I’ve been there and brought home photos where people say “Hey, that looks a little like the Microsoft wallpaper”. Now, mine weren’t nearly as good as his, but the Palouse area looks exactly like what you see in the Microsoft wallpaper photo. As it turns out though, it was taken in California near the photographers house. If you watch the whole video, they show the road that winds along the place he took it and if I didn’t know better, I’d think I was indeed in the Palouse area. He actually even says in the video at one point, that people thought it was taken near Microsoft’s HQ in Washington, so I have to figure they thought it was the Palouse too.
Anyway, here’s the video. It’s about 8 minutes long and definitely worth watching if you’ve never seen it.