Thanks for the kind words everyone. I don’t mind at all that it didn’t win. Everyone has their own idea of what makes up a beautiful photo. That is why judging can be quite subjective. I’m just happy to have a great place to share my work.
I’m in total disbelief that this photo did not win this match. I saw the other seven that were entered, and entered my two because I thought they would be an easy second and third place behind yours: I would get four stars for spending two. There’s no way that my image should have been judged over this. I really like this image.