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Zoom virtual backgrounds: 15 photos to show your love for Minnesota

A ship and lighthouse on a lake at sunrise.
Duluth North Pier Lighthouse and a ship on Lake Superior.
Andrew Krueger | MPR News

With Gov. Tim Walz’s stay-at-home order extended until May 4, it’s another week of virtual meetings and gatherings. Maybe you’re feeling a little cooped up and want to imagine yourself along the shores of the Boundary Waters Canoe Area. Or you want to hide the clutter behind you as you work from home.

If so, we have you covered. From Sweet Martha's Cookie Jar to Voyageurs National Park, here are 15 images of iconic Minnesota scenes taken by MPR News photojournalists. Feel free to use them as a Zoom virtual background or even your computer background.

Download by right clicking a photo and saving to your desktop. Then follow these instructions from Zoom to add them as your virtual background. Pro-tip: To make sure the MPR News isn’t backwards, turn off “mirror setting.”

Canoes on the shore during sunrise.
Sunrise in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area.
Evan Frost | MPR News
Trees with orange, yellow and green leaves near a dirt road.
Falls colors in the Arrowhead.
Andrew Krueger | MPR News
A bridge bathed in green and blue lights reflected in a river.
The Lowry Avenue Bridge in Minneapolis.
Christine T. Nguyen | MPR News

A crowd in front of a building.
Sweet Martha's Cookie Jar at the Minnesota State Fair.
Andrew Krueger | MPR News
Cliffs and a lake.
The Grassy Bay Cliffs rise up out of Sand Point Lake in Voyageurs National Park.
Evan Frost | MPR News
Two deer.
Two deer near Duluth.
Andrew Krueger | MPR News
Church buildings at the top of a hill
Valley Grove Church near Nerstrand, Minn.
Andrew Krueger | MPR News
Milky Way galaxy.
The Milky Way galaxy as seen from just outside Voyageurs National Park in Crane Lake, Minn.
Evan Frost | MPR News
State Capitol building at night.
The Minnesota State Capitol in St. Paul.
Andrew Krueger | MPR News
A waterfall surrounded by green trees.
Minnehaha Falls in Minneapolis.
Andrew Krueger | MPR News
Lupine on the side of a road.
Lupine near Duluth.
Andrew Krueger | MPR News
A lighthouse on a bluff over a lake.
Split Rock Lighthouse in Two Harbors, Minn.
Christine T. Nguyen | MPR News
A lift bridge at sunrise.
The Duluth Aerial Lift Bridge at sunrise.
Andrew Krueger | MPR News
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