Really nice clean photo, @zclark! Totally looks like something I’d see on a stock website.
Honestly, I like both versions – both darker and brighter. I think the underexposed version gives more of the dark, subdued, cold feeling of a winter evening and the brighter edit tells a story of a tree on a winter day. Both look nice to me.
I guess how you expose the photo and how you edit it all depends on what story you’re trying to tell, what feeling you’re trying to convey and maybe what time of day it really was. 🙂