Lucky you! There are two reasons why I much prefer the portrait to the landscape mode. First, the portrait mode makes much more of the laurel in its lushness and abundance. Second, the portrait mode is much more consistent with what is most dominant in the frame - the leading line of the trunk. In the landscape mode there is too much on either side that distracts rather than adds. I might consider a crop along these lines:
It’s really hard to decide which one is better because each has it’s strong points. I will go with the landscape even though the centered log bores me somewhat. I think the flowers are slightly better integrated in that image. The flowers just look more polarized in the vertical due to it’s longness. What I like in the landscape one is the vignetting. I like how it’s brighter in the center and drops off to darkness at the edges. I think that gives the image a mood.
You captured this perfectly, Mario! Scenes like this are very hard for me to get without it looking like a mess! I think each way presented has it’s own. I really like @Kerry_Gordon crop top! Really great image, Mario!