I thank both of you for your advice. I took your comments into mind and reprocessed the photo. I'm still not sure about the cropping, but I prefer this to the previous version.
I brought out detail in the shadows and adjusted the crop a bit in this version.
Yep, this is the better one. The closer crop is a lot stronger, I find the best feautre to be the inclusion of a similar tree in the background. So subtle in telling the viewer that there were many of these trees around.