But you can see why those of us who lack the Australian experience are going to respond as we did. It is not a universal image, understood by everyone.
I'd suggest that, like all photographs, this photograph communicates to different folk in different ways. Based on common experience, the image does resonate in a particular way with Australians, but that is not to say that it does not have other merits.
Frankly, I see the two bars of bark laid in front of the random shapes of the leaf litter to be a pleasing textural contrast which echoes the random trails. Truth be known, it is probably Ken's colour and tonality that accurately hits the spot and makes the image sing for me.
We have no aspen forests in Australia, but when we see yet another row of aspen trunks we can appreciate them for what they are and acknowledge the intent of the author.