I fully concur with the visual semantics of the stages of breaking water. As in most things, there is always a sweet-spot to be had somewhere.
A strong appealfor me here is the dominant cohesive form of the foreground motif surrounded by the chaos of smaller stones behind, sort of re-telling the Greek mythology of chaos and cosmos.
"Photography was not a bastard left by science on the doorstep of art, but a legitimate child of the Western pictorial tradition." —Robert Galassi