So last night, after glancing at my NaNoWriMo dashboard and realizing that a book blurb without a cover is a very depressing thing to see, I spent (you don't want to know how long) browsing through different images. I stumbled upon one that I thought wouldn't be too much of a stretch, though it wasn't anywhere near the direction I pictured my future cover to look like. I got over it because, really, this is just for my NaNo page, not for the actually yet-to-be-written book that hopefully will one day sit upon bookstore shelves. So I played with it in different cover art formats, and the more I played with it, the more I discovered how much the image just spoke for itself. Eventually I removed pretty much all of the fancy stuff and just stuck the title on a cropped version of the picture. It's not my finest work, but damn did I underestimate the beauty of this photograph. It's only been about 24 hours, but it has been growing on me every moment since I posted it.
The photographer's name is Dominik Martin and so far I am using this image for personal use only. Though maybe if I do self-publish this one, I might submit this photo to a professional to really work with. Again, it's so simple, but damn is it growing on me.
Anyways, I felt really guilty for just using public domain work without acknowledging the artist, and there isn't really a caption option on NaNoWriMo covers, so here's my acknowledgement: Dominik Martin, https://unsplash.com/dominikmartin
Hidden treasures are truly everywhere!