I am much happier with the composition this time around. Starting over from scratch generally involves an entire day of suicidal behavior and all-time-lows. So it's always a good feeling to know that it was the right choice.
The trees do what I had hoped that they would do and the image is a lot more comfortable to look at now.
(Well... unless giant trolls with clubs make you uncomfortable. In which case there may be no hope for the image.)