Anyone with a passion for photography would know that your muse could be anywhere, and anyone. Photographer Dean Mason believed that and found his muse in harvest mice. It might sound a bit off-putting for people but hear us out.
The harvest mice make for cute muses due to their large ears and short whiskers. They are quite tiny, almost half the size of a house mouse! But what makes them photogenic is the uncertainty of their actions. These mice are fun-spirited animals and they spend their time jumping from harvest to harvest.
Mason’s photography is focused mostly on how these harvest mice balance themselves on flowers and leaves. For these feats of strength and balance, their prehensile tail and large feet have to be thanked. While the tail helps them balance on the delicate flowers, the large feet help them climb easily. But that’s definitely not all, for their curious disposition towards both man and nature makes them quite an interesting prospect for pictures. And Mason makes full use of that.
Dean Mason once stated that the size and the ubiquitous presence of the mice make it a really fun, yet challenging adventure. They are nimble, even more so when they are excited. But Mason loves his mice, so much that his project Windows on Wildlife runs exhibitions and workshops that are dedicated to these harvest mice and their love for some Tom Cruise-esque action.
It is hardly surprising that anything that little mice would do would be any less than adorable. Mason agrees to that sentiment and has more than once thanked the mice for being his muse. At the end of the day, it is the happiness that emanates out of witnessing the harvest mice that makes it worthwhile. Not just him, but his social media followers too, who don’t forget to thank him!