Annie......if you have a dehaze function in your PP software you might try that with regard to the background peaks. Although in saying that it's kind of neat the way the haze sort of helps isolate the foreground peak.
Hard call......but it would help to see both versions.
Great picture.....as always.
Thanks! No, I don't have the dehaze as I have the regular ol' LR not the CC version But some people seem to like the separation caused by the haze. It was a very hazy day - it's not created by the clarity slider!