Where else would this spider show up?


Spider 2
Originally uploaded by John Cutter.

I mowed the lawn today — something that is about my only exercise these days — and came upon this amazing spider. Looked it up, and it’s a black and yellow argiope spider, which is sometimes called a black and yellow garden spider. But, as a journalist, I like its other name — the writing spider, apparently called that because of the distinctive thick zigzag bands its weaves. Seems this spider came to the right house. Maybe, if I’m listing things I should do now that I am turning 50, one should be stop and really look at the world around me. (Another would be buying a riding lawn mower!)