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Snow Leopard desktop pictures

The OSX 10.6 operating system code named Snow Leopard isn't out yet, but you can already check out and download all 35 cool desktop pictures it is shipping with. Download all (40.6MB). Compare them with the upcoming 30 Windows 7 wallpapers posted earlier.

Snow Leopard desktop picture
Bamboo

Snow Leopard desktop picture
Camouflage

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Criques

Snow Leopard desktop picture
Ballerina by Edgar Degas

Snow Leopard desktop picture
Default desktop

Snow Leopard desktop picture
Fall leaves

Snow Leopard desktop picture
Graffiti blue

Snow Leopard desktop picture
Graffiti pink

Snow Leopard desktop picture
Graffiti red

Snow Leopard desktop picture
Horizon

Snow Leopard desktop picture
Iceberg

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Leaf

Snow Leopard desktop picture
Misty mountains by Maciej Duczynski, Polish photographer

Snow Leopard desktop picture
Night Hawks by Edward Hopper

Snow Leopard desktop picture
Pinstripe suit

Snow Leopard desktop picture
Pond reeds by Carola Lundmark shot in Kärrboda (originally titled Calm water)

Snow Leopard desktop picture
Redwoods

Snow Leopard desktop picture
Wood cross section rings

Snow Leopard desktop picture
Rocks

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Saree

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Silk

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Snow leopard with flurries

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Snow leopard prowling

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Snow leopard scratching

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Snow leopard covered in snow

Snow Leopard desktop picture
Summer leaves

Snow Leopard desktop picture
Mountain summit

Snow Leopard desktop picture
Sunday afternoon by Georges Seurat

Snow Leopard desktop picture
Suprematism by Kazimir Malevich

Snow Leopard desktop picture
Lake Tahoe by Elizabeth Carmel

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Starry night by Vincent van Gogh

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Tie dye

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Waterlillies by Claude Monet

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The Great Wave off Kanagawa by Katsushika Hokusai

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Poppies by Claude Monet

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jozefk's picture
249 pencils

i like them more than windows 7 wallpapers

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morse's picture
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The bamboo, the graffiti a leopard series aren't suitable for wallpapers if you use the desktop for files. But the rest works great. My fav is the The Great Wave off Kanagawa. The color scheme is just so pleasant and there is plenty of space for some files on the top right.

GregSauce's picture
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these are unoriginal and disappointing!
honestly, i expect WAY more from the apple design team.
This is just a hodge-podge of mediocre photography and classic pieces of art.
Most of these would make terrible desktops, they are way too visually cluttered.

At least Windows7 is pushing the boundaries of creativity with their backgrounds.

GREY CAMO!??! really!? w.t.f. apple?

"Good design is obvious. Great design is transparent."
— Joe Sparano

ktroje's picture
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You do realize Apple didn't make these? These (most of them) are made by fans, or simply graphic design artists. "Windows 7 is pushing the boundaries of creativity"? You're joking, right? Theirs suck. They look like they were designed by Monkeys on meth, using Photoshop on a Mac, cause it doesn't run properly in Windows.

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Thanks!
steveballmer's picture
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Not bad for a Mac!

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peterkay's picture
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IMO much better than the Windows ones, if only because they're not including childish-looking ones. However like Windows, I didn't see any sized for dual-screen configurations.

Here's my collection of Hawaii wallpaper for dual screen monitors and of coures it's free for all. There's also wide screen and TV aspect ratio sizes. Enjoy!

Hagen's picture
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You'll find that the Snow Leopard prints are actually reprints from a National Geographic expedition a few years ago. The snow leopard is such the rare creature that photographer Steve Winter had to set up automatic cameras with laser triggers and hope for the best. Add to that a few cases where Apple cropped the images, and you see what there is.
You can check out the original set at National Geographic's Gallery page.

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Thanks for the insight!

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Why do you people feel the need to attack me whenever I come here? I do my best to give you a clue and you hate me for it!
I come back again dispite your snide little childish quips and shots at me, you pretend to be unimpressed.
I pour my soul out for you! I try!
I do all I can to put you people on the right road, even though my staff wisely tells me there is no hope for you!
Yet, I hold out hope!
Hope that the light of Microsoft will illuminate your peta-eating, tree-hugging, trailer-dwelling, gender-confused, fuzzy-haired, body-pierced, PBS-listening, minority platform using lives!
.....

DANG IT! I JUST CARE!

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riqsane's picture
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Whoa, yeah they do have the same "Mac" generic feel to them, which isn't surprising. I'm not sure if any of them stick out at me, I just use the default, because I think it's the best! :) — Windows 7 actually (dare I say it...) have some cool wallpapers(surprising), but they have chucked in a few gross ones too (not surprising.)

Which wallpaper are you using?

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Ivan's picture

I've used The Great Wave off Kanagawa ever before this set. :)

steveballmer's picture
652 pencils

... even

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galechandler2's picture
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I reviewed both, I will have to admit there are some from each that I would quickly delegate to the "never use" pile.
Some I might use . .but I prefer using photos that I have taken of the changing leaves in fall, flowers, the clouds, the stone retaining wall we are building. Even the accidental shot of the stones in the driveway, when reviewed should one that was heart shaped.

So . .both "parties" could actually not bother to include that many choices.

shrek8's picture
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rellay like them!
looking better than windows 7 I think!

epromos's picture
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They aren't awful, but I agree; I expected better from Apple.

steveballmer's picture
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That's an oft repeated mantra!

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LarryJay's picture
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I'd expect more. That looks like warmed-over windows.

Lou7's picture

Hi

Very basic question: if I upgrade to snow leopard will I no longer be able to access the old leopard wallpapers at all? Many of the new pictures are really not as good as before. More specifically, the plant and black and white pictures would be a loss. Can I do anything about this please? L

botanist's picture
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I wonder why they named the very first bamboo. It is very clear that it is not a bamboo, but a kind of Maple, possible Acer palmatum or a close relative. By the looks of it, it seems like a bonsai of that species. Great shots though.

Hagen's picture
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Mac OS X's desktop pictures are kept in a folder at /Library/Desktop Pictures/. When you install SnowLeopard, it WILL ERASE anything extra you've put in there, including old pictures the OS doesn't install anymore. So you'll need to copy anything from there you want to keep. My recommendation is to set them up in a folder of your own. (The Pictures or Documents folders are the most logical places.) Anything in your Home directories won't be touched by an OS upgrade.

Another note --- not all of these pictures seem to have made it to the final product. Bamboo, Camouflage, Leaf, Misty Mountains, the graffiti shots, Snow leopard in flurries, Snow leopard scratching, and Tie-dye don't appear to be installed any more. There are one or two others added in their place.

JellyHead's picture
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I'm glad you've provided a zip file with all the above images because about half of them aren't present in the retail copy of Snow Leopard!

None of the graffiti pics are there, and quite a few of the nature ones are missing too. The Van Gogh is missing from the "art" folder, which was a shame (until I stumbled across your site) as it's one of my favourites.

Thanks for including them here in a handy downloadable zip file!

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