Allan, I had my d700 with me and an old nikkor 35mm, shot handheld, having my daughter on the other hand
The 1st shot was from the bottom to the upper part of the tree and from the second I used only the sky, so no problem with distortion there. You are right it's tricky to do vertical panoramas but this specific subject was really simple.
About the figure now, I'm not sure myself too, that's why I posted this image. My thought was that I didn't wanted her to stand out much. For me and as I read- for all who saw the pic, she is not the main subject.
I just liked the relation of 4 single elements pretty much equal in strength in the frame, though that was not achieved. The bright rock stands too strong and the cloud is very transparent.
By the way, I don't think she was looking at anything specific, she was just taking a rest.
Thank you all for your comments,