The Best Wallpaper of OS X

Mac OS X has always offered enchanting background images. I’ve been very fond of Apple’s blue arches, northern lights, galaxies and mountain terrains.

One of the newest stands out from the rest. It’s available in System Preferences, named El Capitan 2. It’s of Yosemite National Park at night, revealing an array of starry night lights above the mountain peaks.

Drop camera, walk away.

This, I contend, is the most faithful photographic representation of OS X’s default wallpaper themes wrapped into one. It features lots of blue (which reflects the early Aqua themed wallpapers of Tiger, Jaguar and the like), starry skies and nature all in one.

Aqua Blue for Mac OS X 10.4 Tiger

Leopard Aurora for Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard

Andromeda for Mac OS X 10.7 Lion

El Capitan for OS X 10.11 El Capitan

512 Pixels shared this excellent walk down memory lane. I had all of them at one point.

Joe Darnell

Joe is a UI and graphic designer with prior experience as the creative director for three media-based businesses. Joe’s passionate about web design and graphic design with about 15 years of experience in the media industry. Additionally, Joe is the host of the Top Brew and Techtonic podasts, both featured on iTunes.