|I see the potential, but I think the image just loses too much detail in highlights and shadows.
I live in a forest just like this. You may be one of my locals for all I know. :) I kept getting frustrated because I could never make a photo that caught the magic of the little dappled-sunlight spots I found in the woods. Then someone pointed out to me that sunny spots are full, bright, direct sunlight. So, like, f/22 or so. The shadow spots don't get a lot of ambient light because the forest is generally kind of dark. So, like, f/4 or so. There's just no earthly way for a single exposure to make dappled sunlight look good. With that thought in mind, I started working HDR techniques for a while, and eventually it added tons to my forest shots.
I highly recommend HDR for shots like this.