It's the time of year when the orb weavers and other big spiders are very visible in the garden. I've seen the large webs in many places for the last couple of weeks, and have run into those crazy strong support strands that somehow cross paths that span 7' (2m) or more.
I got a surprise when I opened the garage door after dark yesterday though!
This guy (?) wasn't there just a few minutes earlier while it was still light...
...but there it was, right in my face! Well, a little off to the side luckily.
I wonder why they don't build these webs closer to the porch light? They must capture enough nocturnal insects in the dark spaces to make it worthwhile.
Had any big spider encounters yet this fall? (It hurts to say that word!)