Photo manipulation

I just took a look at Hornbeams most recent blog (his "trees around nunhead one") and really liked one of the photos he took, so (sorry) I decided to steal it and mess it up a bit in gimp.

Heres the results of my labours (along with some photos I took of the moon and "messed up")

The original
I'm not quite sure what I did here, but whatever it was, it looks good.
Changed light levels and other stuff to create strange brightening
Balanced colours, making it look like tellytubby land.
The picture I took of the moon

Edited to have high contrast and high red levels (i think)
High contrast only

(sorry for formatting, blogspot has messed me over, hopefully I will fix it when I have the time)