I"ve often noticed that a specific direction of light can make a huge difference. I was once standing on the shores of Lake Michigan and noticed the lighthouse out on South Manitou Island (SIXTEEN MILES!) , only because the light was hitting it just right. Nice set, Feb!
Oh, that's very cool, Feebs....always fun to discover something from a photo that had escaped your eyes at the time of shooting!!
What I LOVE about #1 is the beautiful light and texture of the water in the foreground!