Marie, in the shot of the water wheel there was a problem in it looking soft and kinda flat, in spite of what should have been vibrant colors. It was a lovely shot but not quite. What does it have to do with this shot?
In your other shot, the information in the blue channel from the lower 1/4 - 1/3 of the tones up was almost totally missing and a lot of blue channel information seems to have gone AWOL in this shot, too. In the other shot, the effect of this is very apparent because of the nature of the subject matter, but you're getting some of the same here.
Even though the shot has high overall contrast, some within subject areas, like the foliage, are actuall pretty flat and lacking detail they should have because 1/3 of the information is missing. That's what I see is a problem with this image.
Vance, I appreciate your critique, for sure. Although I don't totally get what you are saying about information missing, but that could very well be from the post processing.