Like mentioned before, I think a lot of us come here to see nice photos. Some of us are far from professionals and probably can't recognize where/how a photo has been altered. I edit mine sometimes. A lot of my photos are of fish and I want to get them back on their way as quickly as possible. I don't always have time to play with the settings and I don't know enough to find the necessary settings quickly. Sure it might be considered cheating, but I'm not trying to impress anyone and no one is buying my photos (not saying you are trying to impress us John ).
There are some photos that I see that I assume are "over cooked". But I like those too, I just like them for different reasons. For what it's worth John, I assume your photos have very little to no editing. That is why I am very impressed with your skills with a camera (even though aren't trying to impress us ).