|**Greetings from the Critique Club!**
The DOF for this photo is excellent. This really represents the challenge, and you did a good job.
A few things I would work with: The colors of the needles blend in too much with the background. The large cone seems to be slightly out of focus. A bump in contrast would be good, to really separate the foreground from the background.
In your description, you say that you used USM and resized. As I have learned, it is best to resize first and then sharpen, that way you have less artifacts in your completed photo. Also, you should do all editing first, and then resize, and sharpen (if necessary).
If you have any questions or comments, feel free to PM me. :)