What beautiful light on that emerging leaf. I love the shadows of the other parts of it and the way the rim light fades down the stem. It’s interesting having that OOF one in the back, but its placement feels a bit odd. I think because it crosses the other stem right at the edge of the frame.
Yes, the soft light, quite unexpected really, and the sharp color of the unfolding bud, especially the backlighting, make this an exceptional photograph. I too would love to see it without the oof bud.