Photo #1 is full frame without any edits. I liked the mood of the soft light in this photo. There's soft bokeh around the edges and the yellow tips needles form a subtle color contrast in a semi-circle adding a sense of movement (flow, dynamic - I can't put my finger on it).
Photo #2 was taken the next day mid-morning and the colors are more vibrant, however there isn't the same "mood" as in photo #1. I also cropped the vertical layout to a 2,5 x 2 size.
The needles now provide a more prominent color composition. There is some vertical movement in the green needles but no longer a feeling of dynamic as in #1.
What do you think? How do you experience these photos? Thanks as always, I learn a lot from your feedback.