Wednesday, April 17, 2024

today’s landscape has radically changed


Her real name is Bliss (bliss), but for everyone she is there.Windows Hill‘. This is the wallpaper most famous of Microsoft’s operating system and is a photo taken 25 years ago: it was 1996 when he was immortalized Charles O’Rear, National Geographic Photographer. Today, a quarter of a century later, the scenery is radically changed until it becomes unrecognizable.

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That Photo, which became the most famous in various versions of Windows, was taken by O’Rear in Napa Valley, in California, as part of a photographic report on viticulture in the region. This last aspect should not be underestimated: it is precisely because of the vineyards that today’s landscape is practically unrecognizable. An American youtuber proved it, Andrew Levitt, who visited that same place 25 years later the famous shot.

The green hill, which seemed an endless space, today it seems very different, completely covered with vineyards. In fact, those areas have always been characterized by great wine production, except when Charles O’Rear visited the Napa Valley. In fact, from 1990 to 1996 the vineyards were infested with a parasitic insect such as phylloxera and at that time the producers had decided to remove 30% of the strains, now diseased. From here, that great hill was filled with very green grass, the result of a suggestive look that became one of the most famous photos in the world.

Only after 1996, with the resolution of the problem due to the infesting insect, the local wine producers decided to re-plant vineyards on that hill as well. In no time, the bright green of the fields faded and the vast spaces were once again occupied by vineyards. Precisely for this reason, today, the ‘Windows hill’ seems almost unrecognizable.

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Ebenezer Robbins
Ebenezer Robbins
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