Using Foreground Elements in Your Landscapes

Whenever possible I include objects of interest in the foreground of my landscape images.  This technique provides my viewers with a better sense of scale and gives the photograph a sense of depth that could not be achieved otherwise. 

Take the two photographs below of the same location - Sacred Dancing Cascade - in Glacier National Park.  I cropped the photo on the left in a more traditional landscape orientation.  I think it is gorgeous!  But, there is no real foreground element to grab a viewers interest or give the photo a sense of depth and scale. Being there to take the picture, I know the entire context of what I saw but is outside of the photo as cropped.  However, a person who has not been to this location only sees the river and falls as I present it.  They do not see the interesting rocks in the river or the sense of wonder I got as I photographed the scene.  I cropped the photo on the right to include the large rocks in the foreground.  The viewer can now see what I saw and follow the photograph from the rocks in the foreground, up the river to the falls, to the trees, and finally to the mountain and stormy sky. The rocks in the foreground also tell a story.  Downstream from this river is Lake McDonald.  Lake McDonald is known for its bed of colorful rocks,  The rocks in the river are the same color as those in the lake but larger. The same geology and maybe some of the rocks in the river eventually make it to the lake getting smaller as they progress down the river. Do you agree that the rocks in the foreground add a lot to this scene?