This is terrific, Duncan. To me it expresses the unfailingly resilience of life. Well seen.
Nice find! I’m always amazed when trees that are so damaged can survive. After fires, storms and the chainsaw. I like the analogy connecting it to people who live with conditions that are challenging.
I think you’ve managed the direct sunlight well and the overall dynamic range looks decent - no blocked shadows or blown highlights that I can see. The focus though, is a bit soft; I can’t see much that is actually crisp. You don’t have the EXIF data, but I’d guess a combination of slow shutter speed and maybe a big crop. Because the tree’s damaged area is so large, getting the whole thing in one shot is hard so kudos there. I don’t mind the centered position because of the spreading canopy - it’s like an umbrella. Some accompanying detail shots of the damage would be an idea to expand the story of this tree.