Welcome to the list Abbye. Hope you stay and not post a photo or two and vanish as a lot of posters do since your Flikr page has some nice seascapes.
no worries riaan van wyk, i'll stick around
hahahahahaha this is very exciting, a heated debate! i find often when i post things for critique, i get no critique. so whether i agree with you all here or not, i think it always useful to try and look at your images from every point of view to improve.
opgr: thank you for taking the time to really break down the image. however the lines you drew on the image, showing the different lines of direction of subjects as they run through the image, are actually what in find so interesting about the image. though the rest of the comments are quite valid.
and to everyone else...... i'll make sure to double triple check my horizon is straight before i post anymore images