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This is another very personal wallpaper for me. I set out to render a fiber optic conduit but ended up representing a particular medical malady that I wrestled with between late 2007 and early 2010. The nature of it is a little TMI so I will spare you all that. Some things just need to get out and will do so of their own accord.

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Rick (Horseman)
The color and motion in this rendering draw my eye to the center of the vortex. I wonder whats beyond the vortex.

Thu February 1, 2018 at 8:20 am

Rick (Horseman)
The artwork for me is about 'movement', and the color blue for me represents "Blue is the color of the sky and sea. It is often associated with depth and stability. ... In heraldry, blue is used to symbolize piety and sincerity."

Mon January 1, 2018 at 7:47 am

Mario Carini
An amazing fractal look. On the other hand, this is comparable to the striations you see on the canyon walls of the Grand Canyon. Fine work.

Sat September 17, 2016 at 3:26 pm

i love this.

Sat July 4, 2015 at 4:15 pm

"iPad Retina"
Can we get this one in an iPad Retina size? Thanks!

Thu January 17, 2013 at 9:40 pm

Kind of wish I hadn't read the description of this one... I always liked it

Thu March 22, 2012 at 0:36 am

"Would make great iPhone 4 abstract"
Please make more abstracts for mobile. Remember that icons will be sitting over the top so the more uniform the better.

Sun August 8, 2010 at 5:39 pm

I agree with GMaster7, I hope everyday you come out with new abstracts, definately a favorite of mine, and always beautifil.

Sat December 12, 2009 at 3:20 am

I love abstracts and especially enjoy yours.

Tue December 8, 2009 at 6:05 pm

"great image"
wasnt sure at first about it, but the more i see it the more i love it

Sun December 6, 2009 at 7:13 pm

"Pickle Jar"
I agree with everyone on the pickle jar thing... and it wouldn't be too hard to change a few colors right? The only problem would be that it's already called Cerulean, but who cares?

Thu December 3, 2009 at 6:15 pm

your best one yet...

Mon November 30, 2009 at 6:03 pm

I really love this one, I usually just like the scenery and occasionally planetscapes but this abstract is awesome. At the moment i've got it dual screen with the main whole or whatever on the secondary screen (so I flipped it so it would be on the left). Again, Awesome

Fri November 27, 2009 at 8:40 am

ian c.
"I love this one"
I usually like the landscapes the most, but this one is very nice. I guess because it is just so striking over a dual monitor set up - where the lines from one monitor coincide so well with the other - it really showcases a dual monitor set up so well.

Thu November 26, 2009 at 10:17 am

Nate F
"change of opinion"
when i first downloaded this one, i didnt really like it; but for whatever reason, now i love it

Wed November 25, 2009 at 11:52 am

"Blakc and White?"
Has anyone bugged you about different colors yet? I just took too long at the shutdown screen and Cerulean looks great in black and white. Also what everyone else said about your abstracts. I am just discovering them and really like what I have found so far.

Tue November 24, 2009 at 5:03 pm

"This is great!"
Abstracts or hit or miss for me, but I'm happy to say this one is a "hit" for me! It makes me think of wires or cords in something high tech, which is so fitting for a computer wallpaper.

Even though I don't always like the abstracts, I'd love to see you experiment with them a little more often. Your landscapes are beautiful, but abstracts really spice your collection up and make it standout! :)

Tue November 24, 2009 at 9:21 am

i really like this one!

i generally don't appreciate abstracts

BUT this one sure is awesome... very futuristic and "glowish" look

have it on my 30" desktop!

Great work Ryan! keep it going!

Mon November 23, 2009 at 1:54 pm

Hey Ryan - Great work as usual! Just want to echo some of the other posters... Your landscapes are great too, but I feel like sometimes you under-appreciate our love for your abstracts! I prefer them, and I'm sure others do too... Anyway, keep up the great work! Thanks!

Sun November 22, 2009 at 9:22 pm


Sun November 22, 2009 at 2:11 pm

Really, really awesome

Hope you are feeling better


Sat November 21, 2009 at 6:25 pm

i've always loved abstracts but this one is my absolute favourite! Keep it up!

Sat November 21, 2009 at 5:58 pm

I've reuploaded the 1440p version. Thanks for the heads up!

Sat November 21, 2009 at 12:07 am

"HD 1440p version"
The 1440p version is actually a 1080p version. Just thought I'd let you know. Love this piece! If you get a chance to fix the 1440, my 27" iMac awaits :-) Keep up the great work!

Sat November 21, 2009 at 10:52 am

Great to have another abstract! This one ia awesome! Thanks Ryan!!!

Sat November 21, 2009 at 9:44 am

"Back to Basics!"
The abstracts have never been my very favorite, but this one is great and definately brings up a whiff or two of nostalgia. Hardcore DB for sure! Thanks Ryan! (love the blue)

Fri November 20, 2009 at 5:45 pm

"Love the abstracts"
It's been a while since we had any. I like this one.

Some parts look like blue toothpaste coming out of the tube :-)

Fri November 20, 2009 at 4:54 pm

Finally some more abstract art! I love it!

Fri November 20, 2009 at 10:54 am

susan fran
"canopycreek winter falling snow"
i am a winter scene person but i also love everything . you had mentioned falling snow how do i go about getting this?

Fri November 20, 2009 at 9:10 am

"Celarean makes me think of Pandorum "
This wallpaper makes me think of the movie I just saw recently, Pandorum...with Ben Foster. There is an astronaut caught in all those electric wire...

Absolutely awesome, the movie and this great wallpaper...I love it. Thanks Rayan.

Fri November 20, 2009 at 8:53 am

"Broken Link"
Hi Ryan,

There's a broken link on the Canopy Creek Winter/Night Tripple Split files



Fri November 20, 2009 at 3:08 am

This reminds me of Something Blue which has always been one of my favorite works of yours. keep it up Ryan!

Fri November 20, 2009 at 0:32 am

Ryan - I am blown away. My favorite abstract from you yet.

Thu November 19, 2009 at 11:06 pm

"Thanks for the large Resolutions"
I've been using your backgrounds since the beginning. I'm running 3 screens plus a 50" plasma. You're 7680 images are the only I've found that I can spread across all screens seamlessly. Awesome. Keep it up!

Thu November 19, 2009 at 10:22 pm

Love this Ryan!! Thanks for all your hard work!!

Thu November 19, 2009 at 10:03 pm

Geoffrey H
"Love It!!!"
This is the first image of yours I have set as my background in quite a while. I absolutely love your abstracts! Being an art person, its often hard for me to look and an image shooting for absolute realism without noticing that no matter how out there the image is, it will never be as beautiful and pure as real life. With an abstract, however, it is much easier to take the image as it is. Abstraction, by nature, is free of limitations and expectations of what something should look like. Instead, you can enjoy the piece for what it truly is, a work of art. Keep the canvas covered my friend.

Geoffrey Hollis

Age 19

Thu November 19, 2009 at 9:52 pm

"Who knew tech..."
could look so sexy. Definitely a keeper, and have already gotten two comments about it int eh few minutes its been on my desktop! Nice to see you back into some abstract work Ryan!

Thu November 19, 2009 at 8:43 pm

I love it! It's like a more convoluted version of the passageway the underwater alien took Bud through in "The Abyss". It would be a cool journey to take, I think. I'd like to do it at about 375 MPH. Another winner, Ryan.

Thu November 19, 2009 at 8:33 pm

"Another abstract?!? (OH HELL YES!)"
I really like you Ryan.

Thu November 19, 2009 at 5:27 pm

Chris B
"Messed around with the colors"
and I still think the blue is the best... almost like Ryan knows what he is doing or something ;)

I made the darker blue a dark purple which had a nice contrast. Also made the dark blue a dark red which looked cool.

Teal looks pretty cool since it's close to the blue. Red & Green came out pretty good, but none of them give you the feeling of flying through a futuristic fiber-optic cable lol

So, I still like the blue the best but if you cycle them through it works out alright.

Thu November 19, 2009 at 3:39 pm

Kenny J
Very nice

Thu November 19, 2009 at 3:30 pm

Not generally a huge fan of the abstracts, but this is wonderful! It makes me feel like I'm traveling through hyperspace or a worm hole, and I just adore it! Thank you very much! :D

Thu November 19, 2009 at 1:23 pm


another master piece from Ryan!

great work Ryan! thanks!

hope you getting better!

Thu November 19, 2009 at 12:44 am

"Thank you for an abstract!"
I am a huge fan of your abstracts, especially the blue toned abstracts. I tend to like your abstracts more than the scenery, so I really look forward to them.

I hate to be petty, or critical or whatever, but I'd like this image much more without the green/turquoise. IMO, it kind of breaks up the serenity of the scene. Thank you again for another great abstract!

Thu November 19, 2009 at 12:23 am

"Very nice Abstract Art"
It would be nice if you put together a couple different color variations... maybe even a multicolored version!!!

Thu November 19, 2009 at 12:15 am

"Abstracts rule"
Thank you for making a "real" abstract again. They are very special and eyecatching.

Personally, I can stare much longer on a cool abstract than on a real scene pict

Looks great, its refreshing to have an abstract after a long string of landscapes.

Wed November 18, 2009 at 12:45 am

"Attn: Steve"
Its actually really easy to do so, all you have to do is find the colorize option

Wed November 18, 2009 at 12:37 am

"The Crowd Asks For Pickle Jars as well!"
Different colors. Multi-colors like the christmas mushrooms rendering! Bring 'em on, it'd look amazing!

Great work on this one mate!

Wed November 18, 2009 at 12:10 am

Your abstracts are why I joined your site in the first place. Don't get me wrong, everything you do and post is amazing, but your abstracts are the reason I'll never get tired of your site.

I hope and pray that you do more abstracts. And I'd also like to add my voice to those saying they'd love to see this in more colors (like green or cyan or something). Even if they do just go to the pickle jar.

Ryan, you're the best out there. I hope you're doing better health-wise. Anything you need, you have an army of devotees here ready to lend a hand in any way possible.

Wed November 18, 2009 at 11:52 am

"You need to do more of these"
Because this one is absolutely amazing. Simple but very captivating. Good work Ryan, I love it!

Wed November 18, 2009 at 11:05 am

Looks awesome!

Wed November 18, 2009 at 10:17 am

Jason B
I know your sceneries and planetscapes are your most popular, but don't give up on your abstracts, this one is AMAZING. I can't wait for the Dual-Screen so i can put it up a the office.

Wed November 18, 2009 at 8:05 am

Love this one Ryan. Glad you did an abstract, it's been awhile!

How about this for a suggestion, maybe you should create a small tutorial for helping people to change the colors of the images like this on their own using Photoshop? That would spare you from having to do it and help everyone learn some image manipulation for their own endeavors.

Wed November 18, 2009 at 7:38 am

Chris B
"Thumb nail didn't do it justice!"
Wow, I thought it looked kinda cool in the thumbnail but man when i clicked full resolution...

the blues are usually my favorites, but other colors would probably be pretty sweet :)

Wed November 18, 2009 at 6:35 am

"Other colors?"
I think MR is right, if it changed colors the further away you got (like a color spectre) it could be REALLY C00L! :D

Wed November 18, 2009 at 6:24 am

I love this! It's going on my laptop as soon as I get home and I'll be eagerly checking for the dual screen.

Ryan, can you imagine this with just a hint of other colors here and there? That could either add depth and be fascinating or destroy it; I can't tell in my head.

Wed November 18, 2009 at 6:08 am

"Cerulean - WOW"
Way cool - I love it. I gave it a 10 just for the WOW factor :-)

Thanks for keeping my desktop the coolest one at work


Wed November 18, 2009 at 5:53 am

I really like this one - staring at it, it get's even better.

Should have voted later and more than 8...

Wed November 18, 2009 at 5:41 am

"Good to see a new abstract!"
This one doesn't do as much for me as previous abstracts (I think I also prefer more color), but it's good to see you're still doing them!

Wed November 18, 2009 at 3:55 am

This is a nice wallpaper to login and see everyday. Not to harsh, I prefer the darker ones.(don't get blinded everytime I bring my pc off standby) :) . Keep em up ryan. Lookin foward to some epic planetscapes!

Wed November 18, 2009 at 3:51 am

Is it just me, or does the 1440x900 version looks a bit edgy??

Wed November 18, 2009 at 2:01 am

"Epic :D"
I love your abstracts, i think some purples and maybe deep reds would set this off. BUT this is your art, and i think you should do what you think is right for your work.

Wed November 18, 2009 at 1:56 am

"Very Awesome"
Very tranquil and cool. Can't wait to see the dual screen version.

Wed November 18, 2009 at 1:17 am

"Definitely a 10"
Yeah, definitely one of your best abstracts. I'm going to toss my vote in for more colours. If you do a red one, don't make it too bright. Maybe maroon or something. It'd be neat to see you experiment with something besides primary colours on the variations, but you definitely do your best work in blue.


Wed November 18, 2009 at 0:57 am

I like this one.

I think some more colours are in order, as seems to be tradition here.

Wed November 18, 2009 at 0:48 am

The Guru
This one looks really neat. I prefer the scenery wallpaper but the variety in what you offer is appreciated. I agree with what Mag said. Some different colours in the pickle jar are definately an order. Good work, once again.

Wed November 18, 2009 at 0:41 am

"Very Cool!"
I love it, very futuristic looking. It almost looks like an electrical current or cords of some sort. I can't describe it but I like it.

Wed November 18, 2009 at 0:22 am

This is what's up Ryan! I think we can too quickly forget how skilled you really are at abstracts. In fact, they are really a specialty for you. Like everyone already said, this is sraight refreshing to see. This is my favorite abstract to date. For those who want variations, that is simple editing with your choice of software. These particular color choices are perfect IMHO. Keep it up playa.

Wed November 18, 2009 at 0:17 am

"Fluid and creative"
I tend to like your abstracts less than the naturalistic pictures.but this one is really nice. Fluid and still in balance. Not full of confusing colour mixes.

Wed November 18, 2009 at 0:14 am

"Love it "
Reminds me of an abstract of the internet, with all the fibre optic cables running everywhere

Tue November 17, 2009 at 11:43 pm

"I Love it"
I love your abstracts as well, Id love to see some color variations of this in the pickle jar! 10/10 AWESOME

Tue November 17, 2009 at 11:38 pm

Love your abstracts, Ryan. they are always refreshing and your color choices are fantastic!

keep it up.

Tue November 17, 2009 at 11:28 pm

This is great! I really like the colors especially.

Tue November 17, 2009 at 10:59 pm

"Nice suprise"
I'm a fan of your abstracts and interiors, and this one is such a treat! Worth the wait.

Tue November 17, 2009 at 10:51 pm

This is a very cool one! Its a nice change of pace from all the recent ultra-realistic ones lately. I gave it a '10", but it looks like there is a little pixelization when some of the wires (?) cross at the edges.

Tue November 17, 2009 at 10:32 pm

this is a totally awesome graphic. i think this would be an awesome animated background if like light pulsated through the veins of it or some kind of particle flowing through it. just a suggestion maybe.

Tue November 17, 2009 at 10:18 pm

This is simply beautiful. That's all I can say.

Tue November 17, 2009 at 10:15 pm

Makes me feel like I'm inside some kind of surreal cable or electrical conduit.

Tue November 17, 2009 at 9:39 pm

"Wavy and Awesome"
I love the colors and the intriguing waves. It's eye-catching and probably yet another piece that will be forever and instantly recognizable as a DB piece.

Tue November 17, 2009 at 9:33 pm

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