Don - I love what you found and composed. I hope you don't mind me saying, but personally, I would have liked to see this particular image sharp from front to back. I hear you might be going to see Freeman and Andre - if so - Freeman will hammer that technique for certain images.
Hi Don: This is a beautiful photograph and the composition is spot on.
As Gayle said in another photo - there is something beautiful to be found in decay. That made me stop to ponder that. I think your photo really addresses this. Through decay this log acts as a host to the moss and lichen and the leaves that have fallen. As everything decays it adds nutrients to the earth.
I like the lightig in this photograph as it adds to the mood. Well done.