Ordinarily the lighting at 1 pm isn't idea, but it is in this case; the overhead, bright light and intense shadows are very dramatic and perfectly congruent with the sculpture, in my opinion. It also provides excellent texture on the surface of the casting. The vignette is a great idea as well.
I was thinking "what tree branches??" After searching a few minutes, I finally found them!! In raku pottery, which my wife practices, the Japanese would leave imperfections in the work. These are illustrative of the fact that no human can make some thing that is completely perfect. At the same time, each artifact becomes unique in this way. When I remember this image, I will always recall the tree branches in that way.
"'There's more to a picture than meets the eye; hey, hey; my my." - Neil Young