I both loved and hated shooting at Festival of trees. It was fun, and interesting, and I felt like I pretty much had endless image possibilities (the above tree was my favorite there). However, the lighting wasn't all that fabulous, and I had no tripod. But I'll just check this off as a "valuble learning experience" and as I continue shooting I'll remember:
1) Tripod is a MUST.
2) Panoramas should tell a story. They are more than a long skinny picture.