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Adorable Photos of Tiny Harvest Mice Joyfully Playing in Nature

Harvest Mouse in Dandelion by Dean Mason

For the past four years, photographer Dean Mason has used an unusual model as his muse—a harvest mouse. These pint-sized rodents have large ears and eyes, as well as short whiskers that make them quite photogenic. At just three inches long, the harvest mouse is half the size of a house mouse and incredibly acrobatic. Their curious, charming behavior makes harvest mice fascinating to photograph, as you never know what they’ll get up to in their tiny worlds.

Mason photographs these active mice as they scurry up thin plant stems and balance expertly in tiny flower blossoms. How do they do it? Their acrobatic ability is due to their prehensile tail (which helps with balance) and their broad feet (which are adapted to climbing). They’ve even evolved a partially opposable outer toe that helps grip thin stems. For Mason, this athletic ability is just part of what makes them incredible to photograph. And when combined with their curious personalities and love of people, harvest mice really are the perfect models.

“They make you smile due to their sheer size and behavior,” Mason tells My Modern Met. “Photographing them is an absolute joy albeit very challenging as they tend to move rather quickly when active!” In fact, Mason loves these small critters so much that he’s based his whole business around them. His Windows on Wildlife runs photography workshops that allow others to experience the joy of photographing the fascinating animals.

Whether snuggling into a dandelion or hanging out in a tiny clubhouse, these mice are sure to give anyone joy. And for Mason, that’s one of the great satisfactions of his work. “I get many emails and messages from social media followers thanking me for brightening their day and for making them smile…. I can ask no more than that!”

Dean Mason is a wildlife photographer who specializes in harvest mouse photography.

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These tiny and adorable mice are known for their incredibly acrobatic climbing skills.

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Whether climbing up plant stems or cuddling up in a clubhouse, these mice provide endless joy.

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Jessica Stewart

Jessica Stewart is a Contributing Writer and Digital Media Specialist for My Modern Met, as well as a curator and art historian. She earned her MA in Renaissance Studies from University College London and now lives in Rome, Italy. She cultivated expertise in street art which led to the purchase of her photographic archive by the Treccani Italian Encyclopedia in 2014. When she’s not spending time with her three dogs, she also manages the studio of a successful street artist. In 2013, she authored the book 'Street Art Stories Roma' and most recently contributed to 'Crossroads: A Glimpse Into the Life of Alice Pasquini'. You can follow her adventures online at @romephotoblog.

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