The quiet, mellow hues of autumn

Autumn in Elmer, Louisiana conjures images of red International Harvester combines and green John Deere tractors, alternately bringing in the crops and churning under the earth. Journeying the country roads in my mind, I witness the stands of browning corn and the fields striped with the deep chocolate ribs of soil ready for its post-harvest rest. Mild weather means my windows are down and the scent of fall pounds my senses. Driving along in my memories, I notice the subtle color change as October becomes November—the summer greens mellow into the yellow-studded golds of the pecans and sweet gums. Every now and then, a soft orange or deep purple sneaks into view, but predominantly, the autumn hues of this earlier time are softer, gentler somehow—if I didn’t take care and look carefully, I would miss the