I'm of two minds here ( or as my wife says...well..we won't go there ) My eye is drawn to the wood in the foreground in #1 where as in #2 I like how it appears that the embryonic ice floes are "flowing" out into the lake where they will grow into a more substantial ice formationI prefer the first photo in this thread. The ice on the foreground piece of wood is interesting and that foreground interest makes the image seem more three-dimensional to me. Having said that, there are probably lots of viable crops with this image and all the versions will be very appealing.
LOL nothing to worry about...I have my preferences and my wife has hers. Course hers are always right in the end ( she's looking over my shoulder as I type this....)Ignore those of us who prefer the monochrome version and go with the color version. You've got more at stake with that decision.