I love how the lines in the rock up top, echo the lines of the stems, and the leaves echo the splotches on the rock, and there is a resting place lacking detail in the lower left. Your eyes are also lead around by the colors.
Sometimes I think me and Bitter come from different planets - its just a well exposed busy scene for me. Not clear content/subject to really stand out amidst the scene itself. A Habitat shot for a creature certainly if annotated/commented to draw attention to specifics of the habitat - but otherwise it fails to work as a standalone picture for me.
Thanks everyone for your comments. I am glad that this image is at least "well exposed". I do a lot of experimenting with composition and this has been my focus lately.
I'm interested in illustrating the complexity of nature, rather than the anthropocentric values which seek harmony and order. What interests me here is the juxtaposition in the textures and implied forms found in the rock and the peppervine at right. I didn't want either subject to dominate the eye since it's really about the interaction between the two that is important.
In response to the criticism that it is busy, I would like say that I completely agree. It is busy. But I am also trying to kind of challenge that convention in the same way that many abstract expressionists had with painting, and in fact my recent images have been compared to Jackson Pollock.