Thanks all, for the kind comments :)
Thanks, it was a little of both. Very bright and almost going snowblind by the sun's reflection off the snow and ice even at -1.5ev. Heavily reduced highlights and opened shadows in RAW. Then blended in a better exposed foreground (HDR technique). Probably should have changed ISO instead of leaving the sweet spot on aperture but I wasn't thinking.
Hopefully, as Ruth says, it doesn't hurt the eyes.