What a beautiful memory from my favorite season! The deep mountain sky, the soft shadows in the snow, the brightly lit distant mounts....
This is a piece of outstanding quality. The image is clear, the entire scenery is sharply focused (but not overly sharp) and the trees and mountains are well outlined by finely contrasting tones. At first sight, the exposure seems a bit short, hence the snowy hill in the foreground comes out too dark. However, this shows the shadow which has fallen over it and allows the distant mounts to shine in soft white light. The only flaw I can spot is that the front tree's top is unnaturally dark. On the other hand, the strong gradient in the sky is rather pleasant and harmonious in regards to the shadowy foreground - it creates a subtle tonality frame to the cadre.
This upland on which the viewer is standing looks like it's monotonously covered with rare low trees - nothing interesting from artistic point of view. The author managed to create a good composition by taking one of the trees in front and to the side of the cadre. Even though this tree makes me feel like it's obstructing a potentially spectacular view downhill, the picture looks excellently balanced.
There is a sensation of calmness and the cold purity only the fresh snow under a clear mountain sky can have. The artist has masterfully captured the very scent of winter. This is an image I would return to in the hottest summer days and it would make me feel like winter is back.