Nice shots ! More often than not forest floors are a mess, dead leaves, fruits, branches, fallen tree trunks, animal droppings and what not; such a clutter seldom contributes to a fine image. So when photographing forests, if you have a cluttered, unattractive forest floor, exclude it from your frame, shoot from a low angle with the camera slightly tilted upwards, voila…. Better forest shots right off the bat.
Thank you for the tip.
I actually like the clutter on the ground in these woods - the trees are still mostly bare but the woodland ground was teaming with life with ivy growing everywhere, probably taking advantage of the daylight while it still can before the tree canopies cut it off from the ground. I plan to go back in later in the year when the trees are in full leaf.