Thanks James! It truly was a magical morning. A rare treat for this part of the country. I’m sure a day like that would be common in more northern climates, but I’ve lived in this area for 11 years and that was by far the most beautiful winter morning I’ve seen here. I too wish you could have gotten out of your hollow and joined me at the bridge like we had planned!
I liked aspects of both “covered-bridge-1” and “bridge 4s”. As I pointed out earlier, I like the bridge with less shadow in “1” and the tree with less shadow in “4s”. Also “4s” has a little more margin on the right and the top and the road in the foreground is a little cleaner. So I went to work with photoshop and combined the two.