I think I see a black bear watching you from behind those rocks to the right of the stream. Good think you got home safely. Stunning landscape in color or b&w.
No black bears in Europe. We were safe. I prefer the b/w version - there was no sun at this place, the sun was, as so often, in the next valley ;-), so the light was a little bit too boring for my taste. So no need for colour. But yes, taste, in the end it's all a matter of taste.
Perhaps it was just an elk back in those trees, or perhaps a yetti? Good thing you were safe. B&W often ads drama to a photo. Depends on the image which is better. As you say, it is a matter of taste.