Hi Lisa and Bob
Thanks for the remarks . It was a "tad chilly" (-18C, or about 0F) when I shot that (I can send you some snow if you would like, Lisa ). The warmer days (0C) loads the air with a lot of humidity which then condenses at night when it gets cold. It's gotta be near "maple-syrup-making-time", me thinks :: .
Bob, I did shoot other images with the angle you suggested, but that resulted in a washed out, white sky. There was a lot of reflection going on in the atmosphere and as soon as you got away from the straight front-lighting condition, the sky blew out. What I liked about this position was the grey-blue sky that brought out the whites of the branches, and the low sun bringing out the slowly-greening trees as they start to absorb moisture again. Spring is coming, as is evident here, but the nights are still decidedly winter .