I was attracted to the pattern and tones. I planned to go B&W as soon as I saw the plant skeleton. This is from the West Yellowstone, WY area.

Nikon D810, 70-200mm

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Really nice lines, here. I like how the horizontal stalks at the bottom anchor the curves above them.

The pine cone near the top at right catches my eye.

The tones look really nice, and have a graphic feel.

Well done, sir!

Bonus points for creativity. I like images like this that reach for something.