Once used as living fish hooks.

There’s scarcely a bird in the world as unfairly maligned, deemed the world over as a dreadful seed due to its awkward proportions and reportedly ravenous appetite for bait fish.  But this discomfited family is of an ancient lineage, one of the oldest of all the birds and with similar ancestors reaching all the way back to the dinosaurs. Below, Plymouth Waterfront.

“For me, it is far better to grasp the Universe as it really is than to persist in delusion, however satisfying and reassuring.”
― Carl Sagan, The Demon-Haunted World: Science as a Candle in the Dark

My Choice

Photoshop CS6 (wont pay for monthly CC) 99.9% of time, this is my first option for workflow.
Lightroom (my choice for white balance and noise correction)
On1 Photo Raw (I need to run this on my i7 – 5960 computer for best performance. But will run I7 920 with a bit of patience.)
Luminar (windows) and Luminar Creative Kit  (mac only) (verdict is still out, but so far, I like it.
Topaz  (best all around plugin for filters)
Nic Color Collection  (never count this collection out)
Gimp (when on Linux)

Imagenomic (not as often as once, but still has it’s place)