Yes, I understand that it is a composite, or at least something created in some artificial manner. I don't know if it indicated the way it was done, but on the download page, it said something about Gimp. As far as the water reflections, I think that would depend on the angle that the shot was taken. In any case, it is still the Earth depicted. I kind of like that one big star in the center of the main wallpaper, because I like to think of it being something like the Star Of Bethlehem. That makes it seem more appropriate for the season than Santa Claus, sleighs and elves.