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Copyright: Silke Force (Silke) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 729 W: 98 N: 1707] (5458)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-05-30
Categories: Mammals
Camera: Nikon D70S, Sigma 18-200 mm (F3.5-6.3)
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/500 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2007-10-20 7:40
Viewed: 3214
Points: 50
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
As I trudged up the stairs from the basement early one morning, I found this little fluffball at the top of the stairs in the corner. At first I thought it was a very large dustbunny that has escaped the mop the day before. When I reached down, I realized that it had a tail and that its sides were gently moving in sleep.
Being the photographer, I didn’t do the housekeeper thing and chase it outside, especially since it was asleep.

I got a box and gently scooped it up so I could observe it more closely. Of course I made certain that it could not escape, for I am not as crazy as all that :)

I took a few shots, but in fact the whiskers twitched so rapidly that they were a blur most of the time.
And eventually I took it out the front door and let it go. I am sure there are healthier things to eat outside than in my basement :)

The odd thing was that when I looked this up on the web, I could not conclusively determine whether this is a mouse or a vole. Your feedback would certainly be appreciated once again.

TFS: captured in RAW, converted, resized and framed

Thanks for looking for your feedback and your critiques
Have a wonderful day.

nglen, gerbilratz, Royaldevon, eqshannon, c_rapp, gracious, lise, uleko, cicindela, cedryk, Dave, pierrefonds, peter_stoeckl, tiklod has marked this note useful
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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2007-10-20 7:45]

Hi Silke. yes its so cute.but all the same you have done a good job with the details in the fur and eyes. good natural colours. seems a shame to put it out side but thats best for it anyway it will fine a way back in if it wants to. TFS. good notes too.

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  • jesst Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 368 W: 0 N: 172] (2441)
  • [2007-10-20 7:59]

It's so cute... Wonderful shot! Great DOF and sharp, wonderful detail and color

Hello Silke, very cute capture. Excellent POV, DOF
and composition, He indeed looks very sleepy..Well done


Hi Silke, personally, me-thinks it is a mouse, Mus musculus.
In certain texts, Microtus pennsylvanicus is also known as "meadow vole", and "field/meadow" mouse...so, it is easy to get confused...oh, Microtus is widespread throughout US and Canada.

As another ID, the vole would have a stout, short and hairy tail. So,if he was a chunky wee fella with a short hairy tail...hi to vole...skinny hairless tail...hello mouse...

Hello My Friend,

I am so glad you were merciful; I 'm sure that is a characteristic of wildlife photographers! This is such a cute little mouse and your capture is superb! The details of the face and fur are in such sharp focus! Good natural colours! I love it!

Kind regards,
Bev :-)

I have run into this situation as in the Never Cry Wolf ...a MUST see for all folks into nature if they have not already seen it..It is a 1983 movie about a person studying wolves in the Great White North and how he ends up with eating rats and having a canoe full of beer. How convenient. It is a super movie and your picture reminds me much of it.

SOOOO CUTE!!! I like your pov andgreat color/details. great choice in framing adorable little guy. TFS

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2007-10-20 10:01]

Hello Silke,
Fortuitous capture of a Domestic Mouse (Mus musculus). A vole would ahve shorter and more tucked in ears. Nice sharpness and taken from a fine POV in a fine composition with good lighting.
I believe this species, like the brown rat, is circumglobal. Quite harmless really and quite in keeping with the 'Tom and Jerry' spirit, but you might need the pest control people if you have too many.
TFS and enjoy your weekend,

My friend Silke,
Composed well with this cute little fellow!
great DOF with perfect sharpness and very details
good timing and moment too!
thanks for sharing

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  • lise Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 169 W: 48 N: 548] (2877)
  • [2007-10-20 10:08]

Hi Silke,
How cute is this? I'm sure he's better off outside. Great details and sharpness.
Very well done

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2007-10-20 10:12]

Hello Silke,
I'm glad you let it out in the end - I'm very soft about these cute little creatures! Fine close capture you got with sharp focus on eye and little ear. Fine whiskers too! Well done!
TFS and best wishes, Ulla

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2007-10-20 10:35]

Aaawww cute lil thing ain't he!
We havn't had a mouse in our house for ages... probably since we got our huge Maine Coon cat 5 years ago.
A lovely shot of this critter.
+++ Great detail in the dense fur, it looks really soft. The POV is superb and so is the pose. You've framed it very well.
--- Nothing :)
Well done Silke,

Hello Silke!
What a cute and lovely creature! Fantastic close-up with very good sharpness and details. So small mammals are rather rare presented on TN so this is one more point to say: BRAVO!
TFS and have a nice evening!

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  • cedryk Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 50 N: 1722] (5270)
  • [2007-10-20 15:42]

Hello Silke,
This is a wonderful shot of this helplessly bonny little mouse. Very much I admire the level of fur details you achieved.
Best greetings from Poland!

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  • Dave Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 503 W: 43 N: 657] (2178)
  • [2007-10-20 16:05]

Huge cute factor here...;-) Nice tale.

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2007-10-20 16:39]

very nice details and colours,thanks for share,Luciano

Hi Silke,

A nice image of the mouse, you were lucky to catch her while she was asleep. The photo is showing a lot of details, it has a good composition and nice colors. Thanks for sharing.


Thank you for your gentleness with this little creature!
What a little beauty it is!

Lovely shot - wonderful details. There is a sweetness about this photo that touches my heart. :)

Hello Silke,
Fine details have been captured in your little furry friend!
Not quite as cute as squirrels but nice for a change...
I like the dynamic framing, great focus on the face!
Pablo -

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2007-10-21 18:59]

Hello Silke

Is it ever cute.The little pink hands and nose.Lovely eye contact.The POV and DOF are very good.The details show very well.I am glad you decided to document this encounter.The catch light is excellent and I can see you in the reflection.TFS


Magnifique, mignon, quels détails et la lumière dans l'oeil qui ajoute un petit cachet.

hello Silke

funny and lovely subjet captured in your picture
focus on eyes is perfect ,and details and colours very good



Hello Silke,

this really a cute little fellow. Maybe he/she was in wintersleep? A fine close capture you got with sharp focus on eye and little ear. Nice natural colours. Thank you for your gentleness. Have a nice day and TFS BOB

Hi Silke,
very cute, very charming face with sparkling dark eyes in lovely clear details and the appropriate softness in transitions to tell of the softness of this tiny furry body. Unusual kind of encounter to find a mouse sleeping in your house. I think you treated it well to carry it carefully outside, and I am also sure that it found a quick way to return to that cosy warm place. So maybe that nice picture story has a chance to be continued.
With thanks, and best regards,

Hi Slike,
This little mouse is simply irresitible!
Excellent details of each hair of his face Beautiful light in the eye!
Best regards,


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