I'm a painter not a photographer, so I don't really understand the technical side of your craft and perhaps don't often appreciate it as much as I should. But I know something of value when I see it, and your work is art of the highest tier. In this transient shifting existence, pictures like these will leave their mark like a bright glowing thread across the thoughts of the world.
Perhaps I'm a little bias because this particular picture is a tree... but there you go.
wow you got the same feeling as me and bia agrees, i cant pick it, at one stage the leaves were really clear and visible and it looked awesome, but she thought they drew too much attention from the focal point so she curved them out.
as to OctoberLife's comment, I thought along similiar lines, but it is more of an anticipation for me... you follow the roots and your eye keeps traveling to the tips of the leaves, but then you glance downwards again and wonder what it was you missed... there seems to be a "life" at the base of the tree trying to peek out... wonderful image!