Trio of Friends Make Challenging Hike Across Catalina Island to Recreate the macOS Catalina Wallpaper

A few months ago, YouTuber and photographer Andrew Levitt teamed up with his friends Jacob Phillips and Taylor Gray on a one-week road trip to try to recreate all of Apple's default wallpapers included in macOS.

Photo Credit: Jacob Phillips

Just a few weeks after the video, Apple publicly released macOS Catalina, giving Levitt and his friends one more wallpaper to recreate. The task was more challenging this time, however, as the default ‌macOS Catalina‌ wallpaper showcases the remote, northern tip of Santa Catalina Island off the coast of Southern California.

To get there, Levitt and his friends took a ferry to Catalina Island and hiked over eight hours across the island, complete with camping gear and other supplies.

The trio of friends eventually reached the tip of the island and, despite windy conditions, managed to capture a nearly identical version of the default ‌macOS Catalina‌ wallpaper with a drone.

On the hike back to the ferry terminal, Levitt and his friends were stopped by a police officer and learned that hiking at night on Catalina Island is apparently forbidden. Fortunately, the police officer was kind and merely escorted them back to the other side of the island. All in all, a fascinating video.

Here's the original video:

Follow the creators on Instagram: Andrew Levitt, Jacob Phillips, and Taylor Gray.

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15 weeks ago

Some people really have too much time on their hands...

or some people are able to enjoy life in a way that doesn’t involve a 9-5 desk job...
Rating: 72 Votes
15 weeks ago

Some people really have too much time on their hands...

Good of you to show how to really use time productively: sit inside and make a snarky comment on MacRumors. :rolleyes:
Rating: 67 Votes
15 weeks ago
Some people really have too much time on their hands...
Rating: 27 Votes
15 weeks ago
The old space wallpapers in OS X 10.5-10.8 were great, I wish Apple would bring these back. Especially now that they go so well with the dark mode.

Rating: 18 Votes
15 weeks ago
Get a real job. Slackers.

Kidding. I’m just jealous
Rating: 16 Votes
15 weeks ago
That's a nice experience.
Rating: 15 Votes
15 weeks ago

Until Catalina, I had already visited all the spots for Apple's OS names beforehand.

Mavericks=Yup, been to that area and saw the big waves (never during the actual competition, though).
Yosemite=Been there too many times to count and have way too many sunset pictures of Half Dome to begin to count.
El Captain=Ditto. Been on top twice as well.
Sierra=Been to many places in the Sierras, including to the top of Mt Whitney twice (which is pictured in one of Apple's Wallpapers for Sierra).
High Sierra=Not really a separate place, but been to a lot of high and remote places in the Sierras.
Mojave=A real long time ago I did visit the desert and surrounding area.
Catalina=Never been to the island, but have seen it off the coast from LA.

The only wallpaper I actually tried to recreate was the High Sierra wallpaper, mostly because I was curious where that picture was taken so looked it up. North Lake in the Bishop Canyon. Since you could drive most of the way there, I'm not sure it really qualifies as being in the 'high sierra', but whatever. :)

So last year, I did go up to look for some fall color and did find the spot from where Apple's wallpaper was taken from:

My version:

Apple's version:

And my version tweaked in Photoshop a bit to make the color pop a bit more:
Rating: 14 Votes
15 weeks ago

The irony here is that you posted a snarky comment about someone posting a snarky comment...

The irony here is what you’ve described is not irony.
Rating: 13 Votes
15 weeks ago

Some people really have too much time on their hands...

Never understood why people try so damn hard to take away the happiness of others.

Perhaps those people are not happy themselves...
Rating: 12 Votes
15 weeks ago
Cool and fun idea.

If they can fix all the embarrassing bugs in Catalina too, that would be amazing.
Rating: 9 Votes

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