I think I'm slightly more inclined towards the second, mainly because I like the more contrasty punch that it has.
Although I think @markelliot may be on to something when he mentions increasing the DoF on the first one and getting that front edge in focus. I think that might just transform it!
Welcome back Mark, hope you hang in there! Two nice shots to start, but my preference is for the frost - a lovely image With 68 starters for the year, I don’t think any of us have a chance of commenting on every entry every week, but I hope to keep popping in to each thread at least once in a while. Good luck with the rest of the year.