Cal, Wow thanks for the tip on shooting for a pano.....
This is from one photo that I ended up cropping the foreground up to make it a pano. I only adjusted the levels in PSE 5 and sharpened slightly. So not sure why the middle turned out brighter, but I truly didn't do much adjusting at all. I remember this was a very bright day and I believe I used a circular polarizer. I imagine I was using Progrom mode. (trying towean my way off of this mode and use Manual more often).
I really appreciate the tips for the pano shot though. I would love to do something when in Colorado this summer again.