It is a beautiful image, no matter which version you use. I can't get used to people posting different processed versions of their images. I settle on one and post it. Usually I strive for fidelity in representing the scene as much as possible, unless I want an interpretive image. I suppose black and white conversions would be an exception. But even then, what I want to communicate, is the main point. I come from the film slide era, where what you see is what you get. The only variations were in the choice of film, because they had slightly different characteristics. Looking at your second image, I would come to the conclusion that it was highly processed even if you told me otherwise, precisely because you posted two versions. Anyway, to me it is not a matter of better, but of which do you prefer and what vision do you want to communicate to the viewers.
John your point is well taken, and in most cases I do not have this problem with images, I have a vision of the photo and try to reach it with out too much manipulation. This one has me a little off balance. However after reading Walter's post, I feel that the cooler version, which was my first effort, is the best for me. It is in fact more representative of the scene in my minds eye as I shot it. Thanks to you both for the constructive criticism .