Hi Sierraman, I wonder if you just tried to include too much in your photo. Your main focus is foliage then mountains and sky. So, ask yourself what is was you really wanted to show? Was it important for us to know the location, therefore you included the mountains? To include the mountains you had to show a bit of the sky, even though the sky is not that dramatic or interesting. Now you have the issue of making it all blend together just the way you want it to look. Is it worth the effort? Would it be easier to focus more on that foliage. If it the color that drew you to the scene, why not make the color the only subject? Forget the mountains and the sky. Get trees and leaves!
Compare this photo with the photo of the lone tree in your avitar. One tree and a simplified, ie unclutered background. In the avitar you have kept it simple. I am just reminded of some of my own images of mountains and foliage when I have been tryiong to include it alll, the beauty of the 'big picture' when it later seems that it is better to focus in on just one main subject of beauty, ie. just the trees, no distant mountains no distant sky.