I hear that fall is only now starting up back in Virginia, and has probably been happily chugging along in New York for several weeks already. Fall in Iowa, however, has been kicking along since early September in a drawn-out, pigment-crazy affair. I’d put us right past the peak of leaf peeping season — some rain last week knocked off a lot, and we seem to have left the lovely red leaves for golden, inching-toward-brown ones. We don’t have any trees on our front lot, but you wouldn’t know it from the yard cover; we might have to invest in a rake after all. A reminder that “tree-lined street” will translate for several months into “leaf-strewn street.” And since I’ve been blathering about fall and pre-winter (which is, for some days, a better classification) since early September, here’s some photographic evidence to further tempt you trip-leaning visitors.