i greatly appreciate YOUR replyThanks Greg, I'm not offended at all. I really appreciate your input.
#1 is a crop (as I'm pretty sure you're aware) After posting it in another forum, a few people suggested I crop out the foreground (ground/dirt) and start at the water. I cropped it out and liked the result. See the original at the bottom and tell me what you think.
As for the rule of thirds, I appreciate your reminding me. Haha, I guess I'm having trouble really applying the rule to all of my shots, because I tried to apply it with the butterfly shot and put it off center. What do you think of the placement in that shot? I'll definitely try my best to keep it in mind when shooting and editing from now on.
Thanks for the kind words and comments.