Arizona Wallpaper Images

Images from Arizona and surrounding states

Photography by Scott Bidstrup. All images Copyright © 2000, 2001, by Scott Bidstrup




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The photos on these pages were taken with an Olympus C2500L camera in super-HQ mode, with no compression. They were contrast and/or color corrected using Lview Pro and sharpened and converted to JPEG using Corel PhotoPaint 8, or in some cases, Lview Pro or Irfanview. To preserve color rendering and prevent tiling, especially in the skies, a minimum of compression was used, so a word of warning: the files are big and take a while to load through a slow speed connection.

Unfortunately, Netscape does not do a good job of rendering the color in these images when converting them to bitmaps for wallpaper; I recommend the use of MS Internet Explorer to get the best color rendering with a minimum of macroblocking (square color patches in clear sky areas). These files are saved as JPEG images to conserve space on the server and bandwidth in transmission. To save the image you would like as a desktop "wallpaper" image, follow these directions:

1. Determine the image size you need. Minimize your browser and then right-click on your desktop, and from the dialog box that pops up, click on the "settings" tab. The slide dial on the lower left will indicate a pixel size; 800x600, 1024x768, etc. Make a note of the setting, then click "cancel." Then restore your browser.

2. Load the image you would like in the format size you need. Click on the appropriate link below the image you would like to set as your wallpaper image.

3. Once the image is fully loaded, set it as your wallpaper. Be sure to wait till your browser reports that the page is done, otherwise you'll be starting over. To set the image as wallpaper, right-click on the image you have just loaded. From the pop-up menu, select "Set as Wallpaper."



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The Superstition Mountains, a few miles east of Phoenix, are the home to the legendary "Dutchman's Mine." The gold mine never existed, but the Dutchman was a great con artist and his stories of the lost mine became a legend - prompting the name for the whole mountain range, which is vast. This view is from Superstitions State Park.


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Canyon Lake, in the Superstition Mountains east of Phoenix, is a very popular destination for boaters. It's sheer cliffs, dropping right into the water, make for some dramatic scenery. A bright green lichens covers many of the rocks, giving them an almost neon glow in the right light. This area is a favorite destination for photographers and landscape painters.


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This is a photograph of the Happy Valley area of Phoenix, taken at sunrise. Pyramid Peak is the triangular peak just left of center. This northernmost suburb of Phoenix didn't exist even five years ago, and is an example of how Phoenix is gobbling up desert at the rate of 1 1/2 acres per day.


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This is a photograph of the Happy Valley area of Phoenix, taken at sunset, atop Hedgpeth Peak in Thunderbird Park. Pyramid Peak is the sharp triangular peak on the left end of the horizon.


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Another view of Canyon Lake (see above). One of my favorite views. This is the first view one sees when approaching Canyon Lake from the west. The photo was taken at sunset, and very little color adjustment was used in processing the images.


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This is a view from near the Forest Service lookout tower at Diamond Point, near Payson, Arizona, in the Tonto National Forest, looking towards the west. This view looks directly across the town of Payson, hidden in the magnificent ponderosa pines that make that town such a beautiful place to visit. This image looks best with the icons in their normal position along the left side of the screen.


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Oak Creek Canyon, Arizona, from the U.S.89A overlook near Flagstaff. This is one of the classic views in Arizona, so popular that at any time there are dozens, even hundreds of people enjoying this view. The view is from the north, looking towards Sedona.


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This is a scene that has made Sedona famous. Just south of the town, it is the high cliffs of bright red rocks and the red soil of this region, along with the pinion pine and juniper that has given Sedona a reputation as a magical place. This country is so popular that tourists stopping to take pictures have created such congestion that the Coconino National Forest now requires permits just for stopping to take picures!


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There's just something about this image that seems to evoke images of the cowboy movies I grew up with. One can almost see the ranch hands riding flat out, shooting at the cattle rustlers trying to escape into the box canyons of the red rock country. This scene is along Arizona highway 179, between Oak Creek and Sedona.


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This is the quintessential Arizona desert image: Saguaro and cholla cactus in the foreground, rugged, barren mountain peaks on the horizon. Taken late in the afternoon on a winter day, this image caught good lighting on these hard-to-photograph mountains. These are the White Picacho mountains, north of Highway 74, between Wickenberg and Lake Pleasant.


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Another quintessential Arizona desert image, this view of Red Picacho Peak is a classic that often appears on calendars. The peak is located about ten miles north of Arizona highway 74, a few miles east of Wickenberg.


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A scenic gem that is so unknown that I had to consult a topo map to find the name, this formation, called "Shiprock" is nestled in a narrow canyon along U.S. Highway 93 about 20 miles north of Wickenburg. The base of this rock is slowly being eaten away by a gravel-mining operation that is supplying roadbase for the conversion of the two-lane U.S. 93 into a freeway.


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Kane Creek Canyon from the "Behind the Rocks" area near Moab, Utah. This view is accessible only from a half-mile hike from the jeep trail. Yup, you gotta get out and walk. But I think you'll agree that the view is worth the hike. The curved strata in the background are real - yes the image is straight. Scanned in from a Kodakchrome 100 print, shot with a Vivitar SLR camera in 1992 while I was still living on the road in my motorhome.


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This is one of the most famous views in the area near Moab, Utah. It's from Deadhorse Point State Park, near the Canyonlands National Park entrance in the Island In the Sky district. That's the La Sal Mountains in the background and the Colorado river in the bottom of the canyon. The road is the White Rim Trail, one of the most famous jeep trails in Utah's canyon country. Scanned in from a Kodakchrome 100 print, shot with a Vivitar SLR camera in 1992 while I was still living on the road in my motorhome.


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This is Aso Rock, on the outskirts of Abuja, the new capital of Nigeria. Aso Rock makes a dramatic background to the new city. One of only two picures I took while living there that were good enough to include here. Scanned in from Kodachrome ASA100, 3x5 print shot with a Vivitar 35mm SLR.


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A truly outstanding example of Nigerian architecture. This is one of the most famous new buildings in the new Nigerian capital of Abuja. Justifiably so, too. It sits on a hilltop and dominates the nearby countryside. Not quite finished when this picture was taken in 1990, some scaffolding is barely discernible in front of the entrance. Scanned in from Kodachrome ASA100, 3x5 print shot with a Vivitar 35mm SLR, the film was badly fogged by X-ray. The color was heavily corrected, but the sky tone is real - the Harmattan winds carry dust from the Sahara and leave the skies over Nigeria gray for months at a time.


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