I am posting my two favorite crops...
is the interesting thing about this kind of picture -- there seem fewer obvious approaches and more possibilities. (Well, fewer obvious approaches below the sky to avoid CA and above the forest floor to avoid clutter.)
Where were you positioned to allow this mid-level view into the forest?
In North Carolina, over Christmas, at a friends house which backs onto a creek 30 feet below; the deck provided an obvious view straight into the mid-level of the forest, and the railing a stable camera platform. I did have the "courage" to try f22 -- and some of the branches and leaves were so close to the deck, that they were a little too blurry even after sharpening except at f22.
I think of this kind of picture as doing an Eliot Porter
, and sometimes when I'm failing to see what's around me I fall back on the question -- What would Eliot Porter do? ;-)
...but the colors remain vibrant.
Burdened with too much local knowledge, I don't see vibrant colours but a hillside ruined by poison oak. Oh well :-)