|*Hello from Sid and the Critique Club*
An interesting shot that I am unsure it meets the challenge.
Well, I must admit, I am completely confused by the validity of your entry, perhaps as well it didn't win! I think to be successful in a challenge of this nature those that have the most obvious omissions are the ones most likely to succeed, or at least get most attention. So, it was well guessed by one of your commenters but I really enjoyed Yo_Spiff's comment, I hope he wasn't right!
So, let's talk about the image itself. It's a shame it wasn't virgin snow but I do like the backlighting and shadows and your crossed poles in the foreground, I also like the near silhouettes of the trees. I think there is potential here to give the image more impact through increased contrast by giving the snow more exposure to get it whiter and reducing exposure on the tree trunks to make the silhouettes, I think it could make for a more interesting result.
Anyway, your secret's safe with me! Tee hee, Sid