Wow.. thank you very very much for the original colors.
I am sure your eyes or brain adjusted for light and color and you can only tell us
what you felt or feel is missing. It looks too blue now but the ambient light (blue sky), does that.
Interesting ideas we have had. All good ones.
I think you did a very well with the coloring and "Fall" look.
I was inspired by the pic as you made it.
The black tree removal seems needed,,, now that it was mentioned.
Perhaps a foggy look with streaming rays of sun that just happen to pierce the light landing down to the bench.
Don't think Wilbur can do that but perhaps a skillful artist. Could be useful in the future.
OR should I say, "How can I put rays of sun in a picture?"
Do I need to add a white layer with multiple densities of believable angles of artificial rays?
I have seen some great pix of similar on broad cloudy seascapes with sun hitting the sea, and also foggy forests.
Much work I suppose.