Lovely colour, Jim. Yes, I was paying attention to last week's "Silent Saturday" and did look at my 'skeletal tree' in B+W, but thought that imitation might be seen not as flattery but as cheating! Even so I'm thinking of posting some B+W at some time in the future.
I, for one, would not have seen it as either. I just happen to think some photographs want to be monochrome, either b&w or sepia. That one said b&w to me. That said, I think the ultra-high-contrast, silhouette-like treatment I used last week might not be the best for your shot. If you decide to do a simple monochrome b&w version, I'd love to have a copy. Jim