I thought the step stool was fine and belonged in the pic. I was laughing at the idea of the train being a distraction.
I've been playing around with ways to drop a sky into the pic without making the leaves look weird. Not at all easy to do, especially working from the .PNG file. There is always a one or two pixels "aura" around the leaves that makes it look like they're glowing. If someone knows of a way to cleanly isolate the leaves into another layer, I'd love to see it.