It's really, really wonderful. I love the lighting as well, especially how it appears as such a faint glow, as if something magical is waiting to happen, maybe just around the corner, or maybe even hope shining through among the hopeless. The way it comes down onto the snow is also lovely too and I really do love how there's what almost looks like a small path going into the woods - or maybe out of. It's really, really neat.
I also really love how thin the trees are, how they cast their shadows, how they're so close together, how the shot looks as though we've hiked through a hilltop. All of these things fit so well together, it's amazing. At first, I thought the focus was a little off, but the more I stare at it, the less sure I am of that idea... I think if it IS off, it merely works the photo better, because then it seems as though we've been wandering for so long we can't tell what's what anymore, and that merely just creates a more interesting image if anything.
I think the title you chose for this was perfect too - what made you pick it? And the quote in the description is really lovely as well -- did you come up with that or was it from something else?
Also, one last question, would it be okay if I wrote a poem to this piece? I give all inspired credit in the description and when it's completed I can note/link you a copy. If not, that's okay too ^^