It’s All About the Light
The light makes or breaks a photograph, along with good composition. You can have the greatest composition, but if the light is wrong the photograph doesn’t turn out well.
The top photo is taken during a winter storm. The light or lack of light turns the color of the water to a gray, and the greens are muted. Overall, the photo is dark, and lacks shadows. This contributes to the lack of depth in the photograph.