They look very similar to a mouse, but have a short tail, more blunt nose and coarser-looking hair. Rest assured I have never touched one, so I can't confirm if the hair feels more coarse.
The vole pictured is not the one I saw. I didn't have my camera with me at the time. Thank goodness as in my state of fright, I would have dropped it on the cement floor. I think my voles are a little darker in color, too. Sometimes they look almost black.
They seem to like running into my garage where they sit in the corner waiting for me to come down the steps and let out a scream. They seem much smarter than mice because they hardly ever get caught in a trap.
They are not nice garden companions either. From what I understand, they go underground and eat roots, especially tulips and hostas.
I am so glad you stopped by to visit my garden. I garden in lower northern Michigan (zone 5) in far less than ideal conditions. I have too many pine trees, too much shade, too many rocks, herds of hosta-munching deer and rabbits who think my lilly buds are gourmet appetizers. I am by no means an expert in horticulture or garden design--just an amateur with a shovel and a passion. My garden changes daily during the summer and I will be updating frequently.
During the winter months, I blog about my favorite cold-weather hobby--quilting and just my everyday musings.
I hope you enjoy your visit, and that you will come back soon.