this morning while walking the dogs I was frightened by this BEAST of a spider in a giant web out by our entrance gate. At first I was honestly terrified and wanted DH to murder it. Hey, I'm a vegan not a saint. After Deacon and Phoebe handled their business, I ran inside and grabbed my DSC T-3oo (which I'd LOVE to upgrade soon to this baby.. hope you're reading honey!)
After examining the spider and Googling spider identifications, I found out it was a St. Andrew's Cross spider. Pretty much harmless. WHEW! I'm hoping no one else comes across it and decides to harm her.