As an islander from the Caribbean, I have to admit the we cannot perceive as many of the visible transformations associated with Autumn in other parts of the world. There are normally only two seasons in tropical climates, a wet season and a dry season. For us, Autumn is the second half of the wet season.
However, nature does give us clues that change is approaching, even in the tropics. Our bodies, that have acclimated to the strong heat of summer, suddenly tell us that the heat is not as intense. Those of us who frequent the beaches begin to notice that the ocean current feels strong. Certain fruits and vegetables become available again, and their presence reminds us that we should begin collecting and storing produce for the end of the year festivities.
But we are also influenced by the changes in colors occurring in other parts of the world. Specifically, here in Puerto Rico (a US commonwealth), the brighter colors of the summer months become replaced by the darker, jeweled tones of Autumn as they slip into our wardrobes and home décor.
Knowing that the cool and quiet calmness of Autumn, it is a favorite time of year for many people, I accepted the challenge of a request from a dear person to create a fall design that would also remind us of our Hispanic heritage.
As always you can find the pattern here.