Here's the obligatory photo of my dog Ziva admiring the view. Well, actually she's looking off into the weeds, probably having smelled something of interest. I'm just glad that she was amenable to some quick stops for pics on the way home, because her influence was mostly along the lines of "come on, move your butt faster, I want to catch up to that jogger/bicyclist/squirrel!"
This was a scene where I knew the little phone camera couldn't possibly record the dynamic range of the scene (dark to light). Biasing the exposure toward the sky and letting the trees become silhouetted gave me what I hoped for. The area around the sun is still "blown out" to white without gradations of tone, but...so what! I rather like the appearance of an explosive fireball within the cloud puffs.
The next two images are both processed from one shot. The first version is cropped and adjusted to feature what caught my eye in the first place: a colorful cluster with another stalk curving around it like a frame. I had to use a lot of shadow recovery to delineate this area clearly and retrieve the colors of the leaves.
The second version is closer to what appeared "straight out of the camera", with the bottom cropped away to turn a horizontal image into a vertical, and with contrast and color saturation strengthened. The drama of this approach satisfies me more than the one above.
My final shot took advantage of a slightly less intense sun behind the clouds, and a more complete block from a tree. This let me get the tones and colors in the sky. The position of the blue sky patches low in the scene worked nicely, for my taste.