Here's one of my half-dozen common brown garden spiders, this time hiding under a leaf of the butterfly bush. Why? I don't know. All I know is, he's the size of a U.S. nickel and if he hides like this he'll wind up in my hair.
All kinds of spiders are living in the depths of the tomato-plant patch, making it impossible to harvest the tomatoes in the middle. Low light also makes it impossible to photograph the spiders. Lose-lose.
And here, a funnel-web builder set up shop just a few inches from the sidewalk, weaving his luminous carpet on top of the junipers and then: