I used to not like editing. I thought that if you edited photos that you were lying about what you really took a photo of. If you really think about it though, photos are not exact replicas of what you see with your eyes and your eyes are unique to you so everybody doesn’t see everything exactly the same. Yes, you can make something appear brighter, darker, more saturated than it was in real life but rather than think of it as lying, think of it as emphasizing the beauty of the scene. You can also think of it as your artwork and you can do what ever you please. I think a photo will never be as beautiful as what you would see in real life but you can try and capture as much as that beauty as possible.
On another note,my brother and I took a trip to Chicago this past summer. We love going down there and exploring. Here are a few of my favorite photos from the trip.
Here are Wikipedia links for more information about what I took a photo of.