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One I did a few years ago on a similar theme, with less fence:
Back when I was working for Zucker I needed a photo to enter into a PPofA print competition at the state convention. He had a Clematis growing on the fence in his front yard which I photographed and entered. To my surprise it won first place in the "creative" category. Another photo I entered won an ugly trophy for being most creative across all categories. I then retired from the wedding business and moved on to the next career challenge
What the the judges didn't know was it 10% photographic skill and 90% creative use of a stapler. The flower and vine was just growing boringly straight so I took a staple gun and tacked the vine to the fence to create an interesting sensuous curved line leading up across the fence to the flower. You pose models, no? Like I've said the creative part of photography is arranging what winds up in front of the lens.
Thinking about that clarified what bothers me about the tighter crops. They become similar to a head without a body showing in tight cropped head shot - floating head without content or interesting leading lines towards it.
The tighter crops here isolate the flower better, but here I think the wider context is what creates the more interesting story. Isolating the flower creates a static composition vs. one where the viewer imagines themselves walking past it and noticing it as the OP did driving by
That's why I cropped with all the strong lines of the sidewalk, grass, and bottom of fence leading past it with the flower placed near the right side. I'm walking down the sidewalk, notice the ---> <---- arrows, stop, turn right and see the flower. Given the strong color contrast the opposite eye movement in the photo is almost certain to happen initially — see flower, notice arrows on sidewalk — but when all the elements of the story are connected it becomes a far more interesting story.
The problem I saw with the original was distractions like the roof seen over the fence and the vertical of the pole competing with the line of the sidewalk. The eye was just getting pulled too many different directions and without the viewer feeling they are walking down the sidewalk towards the upper left to set-up seeing the arrows the flower as "punchline" of the story doesn't work, assuming of course that's the story you wanted to tell.