The pictures in this series were taken by Mike Chamberlain in England, France, Rome, and Spain during a five-week tour this past summer (2006). The pictures from England, France, and Rome were taken with a Nikon 995, 3 megapixel digital camera. The Rome and Spain pictures were taken with a 7 megapixel Nikon Coolpix 7900. The change in cameras was the result of a software failure in the 995 midway through the trip, but the result was a series of much sharper pictures.
The trip that these pictures represent was focused on European history and particularly the history of Christians, Jews, and Moors in Spain. The Alhambra in Granada, Spain where many of the pictures were taken was particularly impressive as it is the site of the final surrender of the Moors to Ferdinand and Isabella and also the place where, just a few months later, Isabella presented Christopher Columbus with a charter to set out on a westward search for the route to China. Sadly, at the same moment in history the Jews were being expelled from Spain under the authority of the Spanish Inquisition. Today, there are largely only museums remaining to remind people about the impressive history and contributions of the Jewish people to Spain and to western history.
Previous Months’ Desktop Pictures
Pictures from previous months are listed in the desktop pictures archives.
Downloading All the Pictures at Once
Some browsers can download an entire set of desktop pictures at once.
Use the Download command to download “Get all files in same path.”
Choose “Save Linked ‣ Images…” from the File menu.
Contributing Your Own Desktop Pictures
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Placing Desktop Pictures
Mac OS X 10.3.x and 10.4.x
Choose “System Preferences…” from the Apple menu, click the “Desktop & Screen Saver” button, then choose the Desktop tab. In the left-side menu, select the desktop pictures folder you want to use.
You can also use the pictures with Mac OS X’s built-in screen saver. Select the Screen Saver tab which is also in the “Desktop & Screen Saver” System Preferences pane. If you put the ATPM pictures in your Pictures folder, click on the Pictures Folder in the list of screen savers. Otherwise, click Choose Folder to tell the screen saver which pictures to use.
Mac OS X 10.1.x and 10.2.x
Choose “System Preferences…” from the Apple menu and click the Desktop button. With the pop-up menu, select the desktop pictures folder you want to use.
You can also use the pictures with Mac OS X’s built-in screen saver. Choose “System Preferences…” from the Apple menu. Click the Screen Saver (10.1.x) or Screen Effects (10.2.x) button. Then click on Custom Slide Show in the list of screen savers. If you put the ATPM pictures in your Pictures folder, you’re all set. Otherwise, click Configure to tell the screen saver which pictures to use.
Mac OS X 10.0.x
Switch to the Finder. Choose “Preferences…” from the “Finder” menu. Click on the “Select Picture…” button on the right. In the Open Panel, select the desktop picture you want to use. The panel defaults to your ~/Library/Desktop Pictures folder. Close the “Finder Preferences” window when you are done.