It's actually not all that remarkable as a photo (compared to your other work, which sets a very high standard), but it's an especially powerful composition for the narrative it creates. You tend to associate music with your images (or vice versa), and your titles are often also the triggers for image-stories. For me, this one hits instantly because the composition emphasizes the "missing" left side of the tree. I feel the emotional emptiness there, and it gets filled with a kind of aesthetic/nostalgic pain. The tree takes me all the way back to the Garden of Eden, and so the contrast with the frosted field (the literal "river" of ice here) is especially powerful. (Eden associated with fertility, frost associated with winter/death.) Eve is the one missing -- not just because I'm reading this as a man, but because your title refers to "shadows," making me think of "evening". The longing is both for her and the missing half of the Tree of Knowledge.
There are some other associative things from the visual and textual associations: river of ice + heart makes me think of blood vessels, here frosted over so that "ice runs through my veins." There's the "chill of the grave" also, sparked by the shadow under the tree, which is oddly large on the left side where the branches that should cast it seem to be missing.
What really completes the composition, for me, is the lower right corner, where the tree seems to be reaching down and "grounding" itself to the earth. For some reason that keeps the narrative from being entirely tragic. It is both hopeful and realistic, because that touch makes my eye travel across the frozen grass below, back to the trunk, up, and then to the open expanse on the left, and that empty space isn't quite the same kind of empty.
It kind of notes as love. The fact that the tree is unbalanced on its sides proves that one is giving up on the other, and "moving on". The setting of this, in the winter season (I suspect) is the view of the two lovers. The frozen grass displays how apathetic the one feels for leaving him/her. No emotion, like the relationship deals with a sociopath. And the sky, how grayish and cloudy they look, displays the feelings of the one who is left behind by the sociopath. How empty, clouded, they feel. They won't let the sun shine because they feel so empty. I agree with the critiques of some others, as they say this picture displays a form of emptiness, and I emphasize that word. EMPTINESS. This picture is basically a puzzling metaphor, and it fascinates me. The title, as well, is a puzzle. Shadows Were Falling. Maybe the shadows were falling to surrender. But why? Because of the sociopath. As in the picture, I see no shadow. Very good job with having [taken?] a concise scenery.
~~~ Shadows come in both blessing and curse But the shadows that come in this setting can be not but the best Bringing in with their trains of gentle flowing The magic of romance that not even the ebony of night can test And we find a harmony in the night wind's whispers That becomes a symphony as hearts join and the warm night wind celebrates our passion's deepest and most wonderous shivers.
This is wonderful and congradulations on your Daily Deviation