Hiking the Colorado Trail – Digital Story Critique

We have all heard the saying, “A picture is worth a thousand words”.  This video is a beautiful demonstration of this.  I have been looking up places for my family to go hiking over the summer and I stumbled upon this video about the Colorado Trail.  Honestly, I had never heard of the Colorado Trail.  It runs from Denver to Durango and covers 567 miles and climbs 89,354 ft.  I will be using Jason Ohler’s assessment criteria for digital stories to critique this story and have chosen to focus on the following three areas: Research, Originality, and Economy.

Research:

This piece was well researched with pictures demonstrating the different areas on 567 mile trail.  Although there was no dialogue in the video, sufficient information was presented through small bits of text throughout the video.  I learned by watching the video that you can travel on the trails by horseback, Mt. biking, and hiking.  The landscape is varied and rich from waterfalls and lakes to Mt. Peaks and valleys.  There is also a variety of wildlife that can be seen on the trail.  There are also trail markers to lead your way.

Originality

The pictures/video in this presentation were gorgeous and the addition of dialogue would have taken away from the beauty and effect of the video.  The music in the background was a good choice to supplement the pictures and the small bits of text were just enough to keep you on track and give direction.

Economy

The video was focused on the Colorado Trail landscape, vegetation, and animals as well as the volunteers that it takes to keep up the trail.  The creators stayed focused on those two main areas.

Overall, this was a gorgeous video and inspired me to look up more information on this trail.  I wonder how many miles of it we could cover over the next few years?  The pictures were beautiful and the music and text were great additions.  My only small complaint would be that if felt a little long.  It would be difficult to narrow this many miles of landscape and views down to just a few pictures and while it was important to mention that volunteers take care of the trails, this portion could have been shorter as well.

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