Lake Michigan-beautiful or overdone?

As much as I love visiting and photographing the beach, I kind of feel like it’s cheating. It’s already so beautiful, there isn’t much effort or luck needed to get some really nice pictures. But the flip side of that is that I think it’s hard not to end up with a bunch of pictures like this:

Lovely pictures that I feel like I’ve seen before. I’m not really stretching myself or discovering anything. So it’s almost more challenging to find things to photograph. The kids helped a little:

And so did the wind:

But I’m still not sure if anything crosses the line from pretty pictures to art. Something I guess I’ll have to figure out if I stick with photography-what separates a photograph from a snapshot?