Hikers trek Catalina Island to re-create macOS’ scenic wallpaper

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hikers get matching shot of Catalina wallpaper
This one might be better than Apple's.
Screenshot: Andrew Levitt/YouTube

Influencer Andrew Levitt and friends spent a summer week recreating Apple’s famous wallpaper landscapes for the Mac operating systems.

Not long after, Apple released macOS Catalina. What was finished business now had a loose end.

Levitt, videographer Jacob Phillips and photographer Taylor Gray got their shot, probably the closest recreation of all seven, but it wasn’t without challenge – or a ride in the back of a sheriff deputy’s cruiser.

To see if the three broke any laws, watch the YouTube video at the end of this post. Below that is Levitt’s first video showing their week-long quest to get shots fo Mojave, Sierra, High Sierra, El Capitan, Yosemite’s Half Dome and the waves of Mavericks.

The three endured a long hike, along a narrow ridge, with large spiders and with an uphill climb at one point of about 1,000 feet.

In order to get a scene similar to Apple’s, they had to get their shot at sunset. This meant their hike back to camp would be in pitch darkness. Apple’s photographer used a helicopter; Gray had a drone he flew it with fingers crossed that it could fly through ocean winds for the shot.