Amateur photographers are being taught that to leave an image alone is to destroy its potential. So nature is being distorted, to the point that one "Dear Expert" letter in a photography magazine asks about a photo showing a flock of birds flying in V formation. Two birds are out of order, so close that they look like "a squashed bug".
The shooter asked whether it was right to leave the image as it is or to clean it up. The answer was that all photography is distortion, so to get over the prejudice against creating digital fiction.
Ah, reality. I wish it weren't so easy to take things out of photos and to distort them, because what's in them naturally is often so surprising. The pictures below are what I saw — only somewhat crisper than what my eyes noticed at the time. I never clean up pictures because I think that the chaos of nature is its own beauty, and thus, the wonders are even more wonderful. That doesn't mean these are technically wonderful. I'm still not good at that, and admire many others such as the brilliant Taylor Lockwood who are excellent photographers and knowledgeable teachers, too.