Early one morning, recently, I looked out an east-facing window and saw a large spider sitting dead center on a perfect web. I could clearly see the half-dollar-sized arachnid through the glass, but neither of my cameras would focus on it, homing in, instead, on the intervening window screen.

So, I went outside, stood on a patio chair, and took this closeup of its underside. The low, early sun lit the spider like a studio lamp. The next morning when I glanced out, it was gone, web and all.

I captured this bristling creature—digitally—on September 29, 2014, at 7:45 am. On my computer screen, it looks about three times actual size. I searched online, but was unable to find any identifying references.

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Related: Spider on Strand*


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