The general laws of the seasons do not apply to Dartmoor. It has its own micro climate whereby it can snow in May and burn you in October. All in all you need to be prepared and if you havent done your research and planned your route, or shoot, carefully be ready to act.
Even with careful planning and preparation you can still get caught out, as the above image will show. On a recent reccy to the ever popular location I was almost snared by something out of the ordinary....A Clapp Trap!
After his success with last years bluebell images at Emsworthy and the subsequent copycat flickr image mass upload , our regional photographic celeb David "wildflower" Clapp has taken to setting traps in an attempt to keep his compositions under wraps and unique.
The "Clapp Trap" I un-earthed was a tripod bashing sprung loaded device which would easily take out most DSLR and even medium format kit. I left it on the small granite outcrop within the Emsworthy meadow for all to familiarise themselves with and to help identify further devices.
Heed my warning Dartmoor TOGs, beware the unseen dangers of "Clapp Traps" and tread carefully around those prime "classic" locations and compositions....
I`m on to you Mr Clapp.....
Classic D Clapp http://www.davidclapp.co.uk/gallery/view/the-land/england-devon-dartmoor-emsworthy-barn