Hi Nick. If you cropped the bright ferns in the FG of the 3rd image ,the whole attention would be on the two bright ferns and the image might look nicer.
I replaced the original with this re-edited version, I took out the bright bare stick that dominated the foreground and ever so slightly darkened the ferns there. Better balance and a cleaner composition, I think.Thanks for a great suggestion, Binnur. I had the same thought when I took the shot but felt the tree needed the ferns below it to make it have the weight and emphasis it brings to the shot. Also, the layer of bright foreground ferns adds to the layering that I was looking for. I did dim the foreground a bit.