A big one. A garden spider, I think. I regret to inform you this spider is no longer with us.
I took the picture with my phone. My crippling fear prevented me from getting much closer to the subject, though I do wish I had a nice macro. I couldn’t even get a crisp picture from where I was. When I have difficulty focusing on things, I usually put my hand next to the subject and it seems to take up enough of the frame that it cues my camera (or phone) into realizing that it should focus on that. For reasons that should be obvious, I did not want to put my hand very close to this spider; I was afraid to get too close with the phone, for that matter. When I finally got some pictures, I didn’t like the result, but I wanted to preserve some memory of the funky spider and its possibly even funkier web. I tinkered for a while with it until I got this, Golden Olde-Tyme Memories Photo of the Spider to End All Spiders.
It was very beautiful in its own terrible way while it lasted.