Trails:

What if  illustrations taught more?

How many trails? Who? Last one was?

Reading and following a trail brings all the layers together and, along with a knowledgeable instructor, is the most helpful learning tool.

Much progress can be made quickly and it’s a learning process one can spend a lifetime in … It combines all the other layers.  (“Layers” … now there’s an illustration!)

And since every trail is different, how many trails does one have to read before they’ve seen every possible layer, or movement?  Yeah, greater ‘time required to learn’ … And if the student has already chosen to spend big chunks of their lives at work or parenting, or in some other day-consuming way?  Should they give up on tracking … or work … or parenting?

This page is about illustrations designed to help students learn the skills needed to read trails.

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A Starting Place: The Human Trail

The Goal:  Build an initial scene where some kind of trail is created.  To create this human trail rigid body physics were used to control the interaction between feet, sand objects, and gravity.

Yes, the example is limited (by the processing power of the author’s PC) and the animation needs help, and that’s ok for now since this page concerns what to illustrate as much as it is about eventually, developing full and complete illustrations.

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Finding the Next Track

The Goal: Illustrate one way to use a tracking stick for finding a hard to see track.  Of course it needs refinement, that’s half its interest value!

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Links to other pages …

Page: The Concepts of Tracking…
Testing Sand
The Translucent Foot
Whole Track: Red Fox – One Forward Step

Page: Foot Movements …
Canine Claw Tip Leaves Track in Fine Sand

Page: How To See Tracks …
Controlling Lighting to Increase Visibility of Tracks
Finding the Next Track
Dust Compressions (Dull on Shiny by Canine Toe Pad)
Track on ‘Bare’ Rock (Red Fox Front Foot)
Using Stone Rolls to Find Tracks
Lifts

Page: How To Read Tracks …
Simple Tire Track and Direction of Travel
True Track (Canine Toe Pad)

Page: Species …
Deer Foot – One Walking Step
Red Fox Front and Rear Feet – Side Trot

Page: Track Features …
Pressure Against the Track Wall (Canine Toe Pad)
Simple ? Wave
The Ridge Between Canine Front Toes
The Layer of Sand in Contact With The Foot