Yesterday, as we drove out of our garage for an adventure, CD suddenly (but gently) stopped the car and said to me, “You’d better get your camera.” Usually I’m the one who requests a stop when I’ve seen something interesting, and this was a very pleasant surprise. She had spotted a rather large spider in the middle of what appeared to be open space. When I went over for a closer look, I saw that an orb weaver had constructed a web that stretched from the grass below all the way to the branches of a tree, some ten feet above. This is, I believe, the largest web I’ve seen except for a few in Florida and Australia.
The wind was blowing gently but fairly steadily, and it was difficult to get a really sharp image, and it took me around 40 tries to get this one. I’ve made a tentative (but pretty confident) identification that she was a Neoscona crucifera. I hope I get a chance to find her again, under calmer conditions. (Click on the photo for a higher-resolution image.)