I didn't indicate my concerns because I didn't want to limit or pre-determine the direction of the discussion. But since you asked.... Does the dark red at the top make the composition seem too top heavy? I don't know what I would do about it since I like the placement of the trees in the draw and wouldn't want to crop the top. Is there enough of a subject to make it work? Or does it just come through as texture with nice side lighting? Finally, I wish I could do a better job of sharpening the jpeg image I'm posting here. I used Photokit Sharpener and tried various settings, but even greatly reducing the setting, it looks oversharpened to me, especially compared to the large, print-sized file. But I often feel that web images are oversharpened, so maybe I should just accept that they need to look that way in order to have an impact on the Web.
I don't get a real strong message, but I am drawn to textures and like it for that reason. The red area, to me, should be accented, not omitted. To do that, I would kick it up a bit and crop out the drab foreground to simplify the scene and give less visual competition to the red back ground.
Interesting perspective - where you in an aircraft? Where is this - I assume somewhere in Oregon based on your sig.
My take on this...