Before getting to this weeks desktop, there's a couple of things I wanted to remind you about.  First, the updates are shifted a few days the next couple of weeks and will be back on track soon.  Second, the previous weeks wallpaper is always still available by clicking the preview to the left found on this page. Enjoy!

Above is this weeks free desktop.  This week we move back a place I do truly enjoy showcasing, Grand Canyon National Park, this time, taken from the South Rim. Grand Canyon is one of the top parks in America and when it's turn to be featured as a wallpaper comes around, I find myself really enjoying the opportunity to display shots from here.  This weeks photo is from Grandview Point, a wonderful overlook on the Desert View Drive.  This was shot looking northeast, late afternoon back in June 2005.  Now to give you some idea of what you're looking at here, start at the left/middle of the photo, you will notice a shadowed ridge.  This is the north side of the canyon.  Follow it out to just below the two clouds and you will be looking at Cape Final.  The view off of Cape Final is unbelievable and well worth the 2 mile hike to get there.  If you now skip to the right side and follow the tree line to around middle of the picture, you will see a reddish ridge (it's about 5.5 miles away).  Just above this, around 7 miles away, you can make out a twisted section of the Colorado River.  Go back to the red ridge and go left, there is a light topped formation all by itself.  This is Solomon Temple around 4.75 miles out.  Continue left to another light topped formation, Sheba Temple about 4 miles away.  Every formation in this area has a name, but in the interest of saving us both from going through them all, I'll just point out one more.  Lower left in the photo, there is a red feature which really sticks out, this is Horseshoe Mesa.  There really are numerous opportunities for staggering views both rims and you might not believe it, but there is a difference between the two.  At times, you'll find yourself literally within only a few feet of the canyon rim, most of the time with no rails or barriers to get in the way of this amazing experience!  For me, the true scope of this wonder cannot be conveyed in words or photos, to truly appreciate the marvel, you have be here standing on the rim.  There are many miles of trails to hike and actually being able to venture down into Grand Canyon itself (from either the North or South Rim) makes this an experience where you'll be hard pressed to run out of possibilities for exploration. 

To set this photo as your desktop, click on the box with the correct size.  Right-click on the image and select the option to "save/set as desktop or wallpaper."  You're done!  If you wish to change the desktop image, simply right-click on your desktop, select Properties, and then select the tab labeled Backgrounds in your display control panel