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Sleeping Mouse

Sleeping Mouse
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Copyright: shelley penner (shyanni) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 138 W: 41 N: 163] (840)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-08
Categories: Mammals
Camera: Panasonic Lumix FZ20
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Date Submitted: 2006-01-23 11:39
Viewed: 3635
Points: 7
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Peromyscus Maniculatus (Deer Mouse)

I was walking in the woods early in the morning last summer when I spotted this furry golf ball. Not sure just what it was, I walked right up and bent over it. I thought it was dead, but then I noticed the slight movements of it breathing. I pointed it out to some other morning walkers, and one fellow nudged the little mouse with the toe of his boot, but it didn't run away or even wake up. Must be sick, I thought. I snapped a few close ups, then went on my way.

Later that day, when my husband got home from work, I told him about the mouse. He suggested that it might have been eating fermented fruit from the blackberry bushes along the path, and it had gotten drunk and passed out. Anyway, I had been worrying about this mouse all day, because many people walk their dogs along that path, and nearby houses have cats. So after supper we walked the path again, expecting to either find a dead mouse or no mouse at all. As we neared the spot, my husband suddenly said, 'There he is!' I didn't even have time to turn my camera on. The little mouse ran straight towards me and stopped for an instant, as if to say, 'see, I'm alright', then he turned and ran off into the bush. He might have just been confused, but it seemed odd that he would have chosen just the moment when we came along to suddenly wake up. It's probably just silly fantasy, but I like to think that mouse and I were somehow spiritually connected, and he felt and appreciated my concern for him (or her).

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To Evelynn: Thanks for the workshop, Evelynnshyanni 2 01-24 16:48
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What a lovely note. You think exactly like me *LOL*
A lovely image of this gorgeous creature, I would have preferred a different pov, but I can understand your worries about it running off, better to just 'snap' when you can ;-)
Thanks for posting and making me smile.

Very cute an nice capture the only thing I would of done would of done extra is to use a low level of flash to light up the dark areas like round the eye's. But atleast you captured it. TFS yours Robert

Nice capture of a cute little fellow. I played a bit with your photo and will try to post a workshop tomorrow. The pavement and many of the rocks are so bright that they grab attention away from your subject. I cropped, darkened, burned the edges a bit, and framed it and I think you will be surprised at the change...I was. It is all a matter of taste and I know I like fairly tight crops and deliniation between light, mid and dark values.

Hi Shelley, nice photo with nice motive. Your story about it is so interesting. "Maybe it is beginning of the new friendship" (Cassablanca)

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