Among the ancient woodland of the Dorset countryside in England, harvest mice go about their daily lives. They forage for grain, nest in the wheat fields, nibble on dandelion seeds. These tiny creatures and the world they live in would remain hidden from view if not for photographer Dean Mason. The dedicated wildlife photographer with 20 plus years of experience enjoys every single moment he is out in nature.
“Nature, wildlife and photography has always been my escapism from the hustle and bustle of the real world,” Mason tells Reshareworthy.com. “There is nothing more therapeutic than just sitting quietly and hidden from view, waiting to see what unfolds right in front of you!”
People can be forgiven if they feel like they’ve stepped into a real-life Beatrix Potter book or Wind of the Willows when they see Mason’s photos of the harvest mice as they feel intimate, like you have been invited into their home, which you have, although they remain unaware.
None of the mice are tame and Mason says the field mice “go about their business as they wish.” Mason uses hideaways to get up close to the wildlife but not disturb their routines.
Mason also runs workshops where people can visit the wildlife hides to photograph the mice as well. He is fully licensed under the UK’s DEFRA animal welfare legislation to run the workshops.
He explains, “I began running Windows on Wildlife hides and workshops almost four years ago, after visiting many other venues and often leaving disappointed due to poor activity, lack of amenities and other hosts complete lack of knowledge and understanding of subjects!”
As you’ll see from the additional photos below, harvest mice love to climb and perch on flowers, plants and grasses. Mason has some great shots of the animals on wheat stalks, thistles and the seed heads of dandelions.
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