I have learned the secret of invisibility: rain. If I go out the front door, the grosbeaks fly away and refuse to return until I go back inside, no matter how quietly and patiently I wait; but if I go out the front door during a light drizzle, the grosbeaks stay where they are and let me take their picture.
A great place to sit quietly and patiently is the new deck on the back of the garage apartment. It's cozy and secluded, and if you lean your head back in one of those chairs, your vision is filled with trees and sky. Look a little to the side, though, and you see clumps of fire pinks and other wildflowers, which are thriving this year.