It is difficult to tell how much this piece has been edited. In ultimatum it doesn't seem like that much has been done to it; but it definitely has an other-wordly beauty that beckons the viewer to stare at it for a long time in order to soak in all the fine, delicate details, which have been finely and perfectly refined. The ice clinging to these leaves has a very alien quality, beautiful and majestic. The colors, though of dying, fallen leaves, carry a warmth against the cold. This contrast of temperature works nicely. The framing of the main leaf, too, is perfect.
This beautiful photograph of a well-recognized object edges on the abstract and hearkens back to the harsh, wild places of the world that attract so many men who've forgotten their true origins.
This is art.