Nice shot, hankbeblazin! It's good to see you're enjoying your D40.
I do believe a little bit of in-camera D-lighting is the only adjusting that photo needs to mitigate the darkness of the full-sun shadows. Not too much, though, or it would lose its depth.
Nikon D40 + kit lens
Nikkor 50mm f/1.8 D AF(...or not)