In 1996, Charles O’Rear took a photo while driving to Napa Valley, California. The picture shows a beautiful green hill with a clear blue sky and fluffy white clouds, making it look very peaceful.
Later, in 2000, Charles signed a contract with a company called Corbis, which allowed them to use and sell his pictures. Microsoft, a big tech company, chose this “Bliss” photo to be the default background for their Windows XP operating system, which came out in 2001.
Windows XP became very popular all over the world, and because of that, the “Bliss” picture was seen by billions of people. Many users have nice memories of this picture because it was the wallpaper they saw on their computers during that time. It became a symbol of Windows XP and is loved by many people.