While you might associate macro photography with detailed images of creepy crawlies, there are other (much cuter) creatures that deserve up close attention. These adorable images of harvest mice exploring tulips were taken by Miles Herbert, a British photographer who runs Captivelight—a photography studio that holds workshops for aspiring photographers who are interested in capturing “birds of prey, reptiles, frogs and other beasties.”
Rather than disturb wildlife, these particular harvest mice were captive bred and photographed in an indoor studio. Herbert explains, “We provide a service for photographers looking for high impact pictures of the animals, and using a purpose built studio means that we are not weather dependent.” Don’t worry though, once these tiny mice are strong enough, they’re released into the wild at a local nature reserve.
Although tulips can look fragile, the colorful flowers have enough strength to support these tiny, 2-3 inch guests as they scurry up the stems. The super-cute critters can be seen using their long tails for balance, while their pollen-covered noses and whiskers poke out from the petals. Herbert reveals, “It’s always a pleasure watching these endearing little creatures as they go about their business.” He continues, “The mice love the smell of the pollen and climb inside the flowers to eat the stamens, often falling asleep inside the flower.”
If you’d like the opportunity to photograph these cuties yourself, Herbert holds Harvest Mouse Macro Workshops at the Captivelight studio in Liberty’s Centre Ringwood, England. Find out more and check out Herbert’s portfolio on the Captivelight website.