Thanks for the comments. This is one thing I am trying to figure out--what is the difference between yet another pretty landscape / seascape photo and a great photograph and / or work of art (or whatever terminology you may like)? If anything, I like these photos as the former, if not the latter.
I do think there is a sense of drama and motion in these photos, which is why I selected them
I don't know what is meant by processing "the bejeesus out of them". When you say dull, do you mean lacking in contrast, too dark, or just lacking in a point of interest? I did adjust levels, saturation, sharpness, etc. slightly in PS CS2, but my goal is to recreate the scene as I remember it. I felt that any further alterations to levels would start blowing out too many highlights.