It makes me both want to know the story behind it, and make one up myself.
I like many aspects of it (including the hint of a skull that was unintended), your style is one I've come to recognize and admire on different gaming products on RPGNow, and the brushwork (? I guess you'd call it), in particular.
I do very much like the touch of the small, leafed, glowing branch in the foreground. It gives a further sense of perspective, and positions us as observers (reinforcing that position), almost as if the glow was from a flash camera, or is merely the glint of sun.