It's one of the background choices for Linux Mint. I tried doing a reverse Google image search and found this website, but it doesn't say where it was taken.

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    This looks shopped. I can tell from some of the pixels and from seeing quite a few shops in my time. (My suspicion: they've enriched the colours) – Andrew Grimm Oct 10 '17 at 23:09
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    @AndrewGrimm most photos are 'shopped' that way, even those that aren't – clabacchio Oct 12 '17 at 12:12
  • The photographer had left an answer here, but now it's been deleted? I wonder what happened, I thought his response was a really neat addition to this thread! – nukeguy Oct 13 '17 at 20:06
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    You're not the only person to wonder that. See this meta question for the answer. – MadHatter Oct 14 '17 at 6:15

You can eventually follow the link you sent out to the photographer's Flickr website:


In the discussion area, it looks to be from an area in Te Mata Peak in Havelock North, New Zealand.

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    Never fails: is it too gorgeous to possibly be a real place on Earth? Then it's in Middle-Earth, ahem, sorry, New Zealand. :) – Martha Oct 10 '17 at 21:23
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    It is a nice area, actually nicer once you take away all the garish photoshopping that made me as a kiwi, not recognise it. – Lamar Latrell Oct 11 '17 at 12:07

Here's a similar view from Google Earth (you can see the exact coordinates in the lower right corner). It looks like the photographer used a wide angle lens and the sunrise really brings out the contours of the valley floor.

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    Looks almost as good as the original! – user68518 Oct 11 '17 at 2:57
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    Just missing the saturation ... – user151841 Oct 11 '17 at 20:49
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    Good job! Google Maps link: goo.gl/maps/ZddEmYmSrA12 – Tor Klingberg Oct 12 '17 at 8:48

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