For me at least, I find these background images to be annoying. One of the reasons I love Google, other than their search results, is that it is a simple and clean interface with little or no distractions. The first thing I noticed when using Google today was the background image and I found it distracting.Unfortunately, for today only you will not be able to remove these background images. You can, though, select your own background to be used instead. This can be done by clicking on the Change background image link in the lower left hand corner of the Google home page. If you do not see this link, refresh the page as some backgrounds make the link invisible.Once you click on this link you can then select a variety of different public pictures, Editor's picks, pictures from a Picasa account, or upload a picture from your computer.