I love the square format. It is a little harder to compose at times, but when it works it really works. In fact, sometimes it saves a photo, as it did here.
When I look at the 3×2 format as shot, it’s lackluster. The fringes detract from the image and basically ruins it. On a whim I decided to crop it to square and see what happens. That, plus a little HDR with some tonemapping thrown in for good measure, and it really pops!
Several things speak to me in this shot. The richness of the colors. The colors split into defined layers, giving a sense of depth. I feel like I can reach right in. The opening in the bushes in the foreground act as a “leading line” to draw you in.