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From Us To You: 6 Beautiful, Original Wallpapers By MakeUseOf Authors

Erez Zukerman 20-09-2012

leadEvery now and then, I write a wallpaper column. I usually pick a theme and go scour the Web in search of talented artists who have created beautiful wallpapers around that theme. And one of those times, a thought suddenly stuck me. We have some very talented photographers right here on MakeUseOf. Why not share their work with our audience?


And with that, this post was born – a carefully curated collection of wallpapers by MakeUseOf authors, each with its own little story and a bit of background. Most of these images are in the same resolution they came off the camera – i.e, not pre-cropped for desktops. That’s because I wanted to give you a chance to either crop or center them, whatever fits your desktop.

The copyrights for each of these images is by its original creator. You may not use them for profit, sell them, print them, etc. In other words, they are just wallpapers. From us, to you.

Nancy Messieh: Between Cairo & Alexandria


Nancy says: This image was taken in the parking lot of a monastery between Cairo and Alexandria. It’s a place I loved going to in Egypt to get away from the city, since it was pretty much in the middle of nowhere. And old cars like that Peugeot are pretty common in Egypt. The combination of the old car, the half finished parking lot and the desert in the background is one of those constants in Egypt – where everything looks almost timeless.

You can get the wallpaper here.


Dave Parrack: A Seaside Scene


Dave says: This photo was taken at the end of a day on the south coast of England that my parents and I enjoyed in the spring of 2009. We headed for Littlehampton and ate fish and chips sat at the entrance to the estuary before heading along to Worthing. This is looking along the beach at Worthing as the sun disappears behind some menacing clouds. You can see the breakers lurching from the gravel beach down to the sand and reaching out the water’s edge. There are also two people in the shot, one of whom is clearly getting wet feet. This works as a wallpaper thanks to the sun providing a focal point with lots of dark edges that can be covered with desktop icons.

You can get the full-resolution photo here.

Aaron Couch: Cuteness Galore From the Zoo



Aaron says: [This] is a sloth that was on exhibit at a zoo in Nebraska where I interned in the summer of 2010.

Short and sweet (and quite cute, I must say). You can grab the full-resolution image here.

Yaara Lancet: An Alien Contraption By The Road


Yaara says: This picture was taken on November, 2009 in southern Ontario. I was driving around in the farmlands when I first noticed these huge windmills. They looked like alien contraptions, and the more I saw of them, the more fascinating they seemed. The farmlands in southern Ontario are filled with these windmills, and later I learned that they’re even a point of environmental contention. Despite that, I still remember that first windmill fascination, and I think this picture really represents their out-of-this-world character.


The full-resolution image is here.

Saikat Basu: A Idyllic River Scene From Kerala


Saikat says: Both are shots from my honeymoon trip to Kerala, which is a state in the southernmost part of India.  National Geographic’s Traveler magazine named Kerala as one of the “ten paradises of the world” and “50 must-see destinations of a lifetime”. We spent two days floating about in a houseboat along the backwaters of the state while it was drizzling all around. All I can reveal is that it was wonderfully and lazily romantic. :)

The Kerala Backwaters are a labyrinthine network of canals, rivers, lakes and inlets, a system formed by more than 900 km of waterways, and often compared to the American Bayou.  Here in the backwaters – freshwater from the rivers meets the seawater from the Arabian Sea.


The houseboats you see in the pictures were traditionally used as grain barges, to transport the rice harvested in the fertile fields alongside the backwaters. Today, they have been refurbished into floating cottages with all modern amenities and are used for tourism.

You can download the original image here.

Tim Brookes: A Cow From The Scottish Highlands


Tim says: I took [this image] in Scotland in 2007 when I volunteered on a wilderness reserve in the Scottish Highlands. The cattle were incredibly docile and happy for you to get right up in their faces – we even had to move them off the road because they had a tendency to just sit there, in front of any Land Rovers or tractors that wanted to get past. And here is the higher-res version.

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  1. Kumar Sonu
    January 31, 2013 at 10:22 am

    Kerala, often called ‘God’s own country’ is located in the southern part of India. It has Arabic sea on its west and the Western Ghats on its East. The topographic location of Kerala provides it amazing attraction points such as calm beaches, enchanting backwaters, spectacular hill stations, and exotic wildlife. The natural beauty of this place leaves travelers spell bound, wanting to come back again and again. Kerala provides every element of a complete holiday; relaxation, fun, rejuvenation, health and peace. [Broken Link Removed]

  2. Nikhil Chandak
    October 30, 2012 at 2:25 pm

    the best one for me : Saikat Basu: A Idyllic River Scene From Kerala

  3. Carolyn
    September 26, 2012 at 12:44 am

    I love these pictures.I used the one with all the water for my desktop.Thank you!

  4. John
    September 24, 2012 at 11:50 pm

    thanks for the great pics.....keep em coming!

  5. LJ
    September 24, 2012 at 11:48 pm

    I think these wallpapers are outstanding! Personally I'd like to see more of all the different types possible.

  6. Ren Peters
    September 24, 2012 at 5:27 pm

    Great variety. They're all pretty amazing!

  7. bonioloff
    September 24, 2012 at 3:46 am

    Nice collection.. Thanks..

  8. Edward Bellair
    September 24, 2012 at 2:55 am

    Nice. Keep sharing.

  9. Paul Coleman
    September 23, 2012 at 8:51 pm

    Yes ! More wallpapers, please. The Scottish cattle pic is especially nice. If you aren't impressed by the excruciatingly weird looking cattle, the rugged landscape behind them is an inspiration. It's enough to make me yearn for a second visit.

  10. L. Feldman
    September 23, 2012 at 5:38 am

    Very nice wallpaper images. More please!

  11. Dick Kutz
    September 23, 2012 at 2:16 am

    Re the Scottish Cattle just begs for the advice "Don't let them pull the wool over your eyes."

  12. salvador robledo
    September 22, 2012 at 6:29 pm

    really all pretty ! keep up the good work , never miss a post or a news letter. grettings all the way from mexico...

  13. Trish
    September 22, 2012 at 3:39 pm

    I have a photo of 'The Gates of Heaven' where the gate is closed. Thought is was amusing - maybe not! How do/where I up load it if you would like me to? Thanx for the great idea - a new way to exposure for us unknown photographers. Thanx, Trish

  14. janet
    September 22, 2012 at 9:31 am

    Thanks for the wallpapers, yes please post more, they are a pleasure to look at. The beach scene at sunset is so realistic I felt like drawing in a deep breath.

  15. simone
    September 22, 2012 at 2:17 am

    Marvelous photos, thanks so much for sharing, Please keep up this post!

  16. VOXPOP
    September 21, 2012 at 11:01 pm

    YES YES always more wallpapers..i change my wallpaper every day and i'm running out...thanks

  17. Jeri Atkin
    September 21, 2012 at 10:11 pm

    Really, really liked the wallpaper. I'm ready for more, more every day, please. Thank you.

  18. Helen Gowland
    September 21, 2012 at 10:00 pm

    Nice selection of photos but just love the Highland Coos. They are great looking beasts.

  19. wer1
    September 21, 2012 at 9:24 pm

    Yes, post more wallpaper.

  20. wer1
    September 21, 2012 at 9:23 pm

    Love the black and white!!!

  21. 100rami
    September 21, 2012 at 9:06 pm

    Thanks a lot!

  22. Ronald Burnham
    September 21, 2012 at 8:00 pm

    Liked the more scenic ones. Partial to any you would have related to: nature, beaches, sunsets, space or travel. Thanks for sharing.

  23. AW Scott
    September 21, 2012 at 7:43 pm

    I really like the idea of sharing the wallpapers! Please do this some more!

    The collection was very interesting, but I have to say the photo of the cattle in the Scottish Highlands was particularly terrific... kudos to Tim Brookes!

  24. Maggie Hughes
    September 21, 2012 at 7:40 pm

    I love it! My favorite scenery is from Scotland and Ireland, but I enjoy just about any pretty sites. The Kerala was very nice

  25. Nancy
    September 21, 2012 at 7:30 pm

    Beautiful photos. I'm rather partial to the animals :)

  26. Kurt Decker
    September 21, 2012 at 6:35 pm

    Thank you for sharing this and please share more in the future.

  27. Kelley Giffen
    September 21, 2012 at 6:24 pm

    I'd LOVE more wallpapers! I could even provide some if you like

  28. peck koon chiong
    September 21, 2012 at 6:12 pm

    like.thanks a lot

  29. Tim
    September 21, 2012 at 5:37 pm

    I've gotta say, I love how this roundup of wallpapers really tells a story about each of the writers. Each one is attached to a personal experience so we feel like we know them that much better! Great way to connect with the readers!

    Not to mention, the photography is beautiful. Good job peoples.

    • Saikat Basu
      September 26, 2012 at 4:22 am

      That was the whole intention Tim :) Thanks for your comments.

  30. Wendy
    September 21, 2012 at 4:41 pm

    Beautiful photographs! Wonderful as wallpaper! Thanks for sharing them! Keep them coming, if possible!

  31. Marty Martindale
    September 21, 2012 at 3:34 pm

    Great Pics, love to see more. What would be really great, if you could set up a Library so people could pic and choose a group of pics and then have them rotate daily, like a google theme, only with more control. Just a thought.

    • Erez Zukerman
      September 21, 2012 at 4:27 pm

      That is an interesting idea, thanks! Will think about it.

  32. linda belthius
    September 21, 2012 at 3:31 pm

    Would love some Autumn and Winter/Christmas ones!

  33. Mary Lee
    September 21, 2012 at 3:21 pm

    Yes! I was delighted to see these pictures and look forward to more. I love to randomize my desktop and these are perfect for it. Thank you.

  34. Ivan
    September 21, 2012 at 3:21 pm

    Looks great and awesome place to visit. I love it. I couldn't see like this places in our country.

    September 21, 2012 at 3:13 pm

    good pics. pls mention how to submit photos to be included in your list..

    • Erez Zukerman
      September 21, 2012 at 4:27 pm

      Sure! Just submit the URLs here in the comment. You can also email me, erez [at] makeuseof [dot] com.

  36. S. Ebbs
    September 21, 2012 at 3:08 pm

    These are really fabulous. I love the cows with their long, hippie hair, and the seaside scene is beautiful. Reminds me of my own visits to the ocean.

  37. Patrick Barden
    September 21, 2012 at 3:02 pm

    Yes, please. Whether I use them as wallpaper or not, I love to collect beautiful pictures to look at when I am not feeling well.

  38. Penny Pitcher
    September 21, 2012 at 3:00 pm

    Loved the wallpapers - I'm always trying to beautify my desktop. any chance that you could cover screensavers one day?

    • Erez Zukerman
      September 21, 2012 at 4:21 pm

      That's definitely an interesting idea! I can see that happening. :) No promises though ;)

  39. Joseph
    September 21, 2012 at 2:55 pm

    I'm going to be the odd one out! Thanks but no thanks. I have always preferred to have no background and try to keep my desktop with the least amount of shortcuts.

  40. Paul D
    September 21, 2012 at 2:50 pm

    Nice pix...you folks are at your best when you're off the beaten path

  41. KimChingLung
    September 21, 2012 at 12:16 pm

    Thanks a lot for these lovely wallpaper. Hopefully these will brighten up my working day.

  42. Darryl Hannay
    September 21, 2012 at 6:24 am

    Gotta love the cows

  43. Prabha Rani
    September 21, 2012 at 5:42 am

    The first one is black and white?! Anyway, I liked the Tim Brookes: A Cow From The Scottish Highlands. Beautiful!

  44. Ahmed Khalil
    September 21, 2012 at 4:53 am

    Nancy Messieh: Between Cairo & Alexandria, it shows my father car. i love it

  45. Ahmed Khalil
    September 21, 2012 at 4:52 am

    Tim Brookes: A Cow From The Scottish Highlands, is the best one for me

  46. Nikhil Tom
    September 21, 2012 at 3:38 am

    Thank you for this

  47. macwitty
    September 21, 2012 at 2:20 am

    I like Tim Brookes highland cows.
    Think I'll use it and when I turn on the computer I meet someone who looks the same as me in the morning

  48. Dave Parrack
    September 21, 2012 at 1:36 am

    These are all great shots... yes, even mine. Let's persuade six more writers to contribute next time!

    • Dave LeClair
      September 21, 2012 at 4:08 am

      I thought about putting mine up, but seeing as it's just a World of Warcraft logo, didn't seem worth it lol.

      I thought Tim's was an ox. I got really excited about that for a second.

    • Beautiful Backgrounds
      November 15, 2012 at 8:40 am

      Agreed, marvelous wallpapers! More the merrier.

  49. Tina
    September 21, 2012 at 1:03 am

    I love Yaara's photo! The windmills are even spookier when seen in the dozens, arranged in very exact geometrical patterns across the landscape. A few weeks ago I saw a fleet of trucks transporting windmill parts for mounting. The blades are HUGE! Very impressive.

  50. Joel Lee
    September 21, 2012 at 12:06 am

    I'm partial to Dave and Saikat's wallpapers. Very nice roundup nonetheless! They're all quite beautiful.