Thanks Fred. That's the type of photo I love to take and the type of subject matter I love to photograph. For me the forms of these old holly trees are just stunning. As soon as I walked by these wee bunch of trees I saw there was something there. Of course when you shoot the 360's you have no idea if it really worked but that's the fun. The sado masichist in me likes to do things the hard way.
What I love about PTGui and this is for Elliot in case he is interested in it for his panos, is that you determine where the pano starts. You slide the preview across the screen until you feel the photo has a nice balance. You just have to make sure the tripod is level and that you go a bit beyond 360 when you shoot. Otherwise there will be a gap and you have to use the 1st image capture as the beginning of the panoramic. It's funny I photographed the forrest 3 days in a row. This was the 1st shot on the first day. That rush of electricity I felt when I saw it the 1st time was never repeated when I saw it again.
I suppose you're senses are so hyper alert the first time and than you just move on.