A while ago I have discovered that Adobe Lightroom is capable of stitching panoramas as well as computing HDRs. While the results for the HDRs, which stands for High-dynamic-range (imaging), are not very convincing in my opinion, Lightroom does a pretty good job stitching panos. It even stitches RAW files, so you can work with parameters such as white balance, contrast, perspective and everything you can do with regular RAW files as well.
Shooting real panoramas vs. using super wide angle lenses has the advantage that the resolution is way higher, since they're stitched from multiple files which are hi-res already, and also depending on the focal length you're using for the pano-shots, things in the distance appear a bit closer.
The following pictures were shot in California, as well as in Arizona.
I have been taking pictures of the metal sculptures at Galleta Meadows before. Here are the fighting horses once more, but this time in relation to the vastness of the Anza-Borrego desert.
The Serpent-Dragon, one of my favorites among the Galleta Meadows Sculptures. This one spans a whopping 350-foot (almost 120 meters).
Lake Poway in San Diego County. We hiked around the whole lake, so it's a good thing you don't even need a tripod for the panorama shots.
Scorpion vs. locust, both part of the Galleta Meadows Sculptures. Last time I went there I even spend a night sleeping next to the scorpion.
I shot this one on our way from the South Rim to Page, Arizona, where we went to see the Antelope Canyon.
At the Grand Canyon we hiked down the Bright Angel Trail quite a bit. It's crawling with visitors, which can be annoying if you like the quite of nature, but on the other hand it's a well maintained trail.
Back in San Diego at the Spreckels Organ Pavillion in Balboa Park, view from the stage are/pavillion towards spectators with colorful parasols.