Q requested I try a re-shoot of the first tree photo I shot. Once we got a few clouds in the sky for some texture I took my tripod and wide angle lens and did just that.
I don't think this is the rule of thirds but if I got to much more open space in the photo you would see the road in behind the tree.
This is the black and white version adjusted in Elements 7, just for Paul.
This is the same tree but from a different angle. This is actually two photos in one. The first photo I shot with the aperture set to light the foreground and the second shot I set it to get the colors in the sky. Using Elements 7 I cut the bottom portion of the first photo and put it in on top of the second photo so that the lighting would be the way I wanted it in the whole photo.
I still need to practice with this technique a little because there is another way of doing it but I couldn't figure that one out. Computers tend to frustrate me to no end. I need to get a softer desk so when I bang my head on it it won't hurt so bad! LOL