I really like this one over the original as well. There seems to be more clarity and a much better brightness to this one that the other lacked. I especially like the spirals because it is a nice counter point to the marbles. Great fractal, Jim!!
My work is nothing like your work, but this really caught my eye. Ultra Impressive work here, as is all of your gallery fractal work! I wish I could even remotely figure out how to render something like this. Well done sir.