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Jim, I felt just like you when reading the last issue of OP. I submitted two images to that Competition, I knew I had no chance, seeing the winner confirmed why. Too much processing.
I like your second version better, but might consider cropping some of the top and some of the bottom and going to a more panoramic aspect. The clouds at the top have nice color, but not much texture, especially on the the left side. But that is just my take on it.