Yes, it is hand held. I can remove that with the Gimp, but I wasn't sure if it was caused by the sunlight on my lens. However, I did lay down in some weeds/flowers to take a few shots, so it's possible this a speck on the filter. Should be easy enough to edit out.
not feelin the pic. nothing really that pops or is special about it. it's just a tower against blue sky. there's no depth to the image (nothing farther or closer in the composition). also, making it diagonal just makes it confusing. i think it would be a cooler if u were at the base of the tower, pointing up, following the lines of the tower. or if u took a pic with it composed against the horizon somehow. i know i'm a newb, but i'm not too bad at composition, as i've been a photoshop guy for a long time.