An annual event at our home is the arrival of golden silk orb-weavers during the last half of the summer. These are very large spiders in which, as usual, the female is larger than the male. The body of the female is over an inch and a half long, and her leg span is over four inches.
The other day I noticed one sitting on her web eleven or twelve feet above the entrance of our driveway. What first caught my attention was the dead leaf suspended by a single thread when I almost walked into it face first.
Canon EOS REBEL SL1 (30mm, f/11, 1/125 sec, ISO100)
In the above image, the lighting is such that the spider’s web is invisible. Moving to another location, zooming to a longer focal length, and craning my neck, I was able to capture an image of the spider and the central part of her web.
Canon EOS REBEL SL1 (225mm, f/8, 1/100 sec, ISO1600)
From another angle, I got a somewhat backlit shot of the spider that provided a good view of her hairy “knees.” Again, with this lighting, the web is invisible except for bits of trash.
Canon EOS REBEL SL1 (300mm, f/6.3, 1/500 sec, ISO100)
Closer to the house I found another golden silk orb-weaver that had set up shop about seven feet above the ground.
Canon EOS REBEL SL1 (35mm, f/6.3, 1/40 sec, ISO250)
The sunlight shining through the trees illuminated the spider well enough for a decent portrait.
Canon EOS REBEL SL1 (300mm, f/6.3, 1/160 sec, ISO1600)
Although beautiful (if you are a spider fan), these spiders and their webs can be quite a nuisance when walking around our property. It seems that once a year, I am reminded of their arrival by walking into a web and getting part of it stuck to my face. The next step is always to check if the hostess had ended up somewhere on me.