Winterberry is on my mind because it's going to be the background for the cover of Dead Mule Swamp Mistletoe.
It's a true holly, Ilex verticillata. Usually, most of the leaves drop in the winter, but this clump of the shrubs had an odd cluster with all it's leaves.
I'm playing with cover ideas for the book. Here are two mock-ups. Which one do you like best? Both need some work, particularly on the mistletoe ball, but I think I'm getting close.
All the news is other news- I took these pictures several days ago. Spent some time trying to continue to clean up the house, and tried to write two chapters. Didn't quite make that goal.
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