Liz and I and Chris are in Des Moines, Iowa visiting Liz’s family.

Liz’s sister has this large set of windows in the dining room overlooking a couple of bird feeders in a pretty little landscaped area. It’s a delightful little spot.

The red flash of a cardinal first drew my eye to the area. Then I was captured by all the activity in the scene, the chipmunks and sparrows.

And then the best… a goldfinch. I don’t know if I’ve ever seen one before.

A goldfinch is to yellow what a cardinal is to red. No wonder it’s the state bird of Iowa.

And then at dusk for the first time in at least 10 years, I saw fireflies. I felt like a kid.

I’m a simple guy. I love this stuff.

And Iowans may think it’s hot but I think 85 degrees is sweet.