I don't know, I think the black and white works...
I think what would have made this better is a lower angle so you would be closer to the ground and see a greater surface of it. I think that would convey the desolate mood of it more if you could see that it's like an entire field of snowy patches.
And an increased DoF could be nice too.
The snow in your photo is gray, not white.
That indicates the photo is under exposed.
DSLR in camera reflected light meters are calibrated based on the very valid assumption that the vast majority of scenes have an average reflectance that is in the same range as 12% to 18% gray.
When a scene has a lot of white in it, the increased reflectance causes the camera to deliver an under exposed shot unless the photographer dials in some exposure compensation .
Usually 2/3 of a stop (0.7 EV) more exposure suffices.
A couple other points:
You can use the camera's histogram function on the rear LCD to gauge exposure accuracy:
The monochrome (B&W) option in most DSLR cameras deliver images that lack contrast because the image is made by just de-saturating the original color image.
High quality B&W images are most often made post process from a Raw image data file.
Made in the camera B&W (monochrome) photos start out as a Raw image data file color image.
Thanks for your info and links and the edit KmH. I have a file going for future study.
Unfortunately, the first comments concerning the image and it's interest weigh more in my books. I don't like to "explain" a photo as it should stand on its own. However what I was attempting to get the camera to see here was the soft melting early snow against the stony alpine meadow, late season flowers and such.
My notes say TMAX 100 pushed 1/2 stop and the neg looked ok.
I rescanned and cropped to see if the odd perspective in the original could be corrected. Please excuse the dust spots.