This picture is almost professional, with a natural background (backyard with strawberries). The spider itself is about 3-4cms long with its legs stretched.
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Poor thing sewn its web at the corner of our door. Autumn nights are getting cold and that must have been a warmer place. The web was real tough, hard to tear it apart as it must hold this beast's weight!
I also seem to have luck photographing insects, they usually remain still though this one actually climbed on me and the camera a few times.
They're not only perfect predators, but almost perfect, complex eight-legged machines as well. This is the bottom side of it and as much as I can tell, the mouth parts (how are they called) are visible as well.
Is it a Weaver from China Miéville's novels in a miniature form? Does it whisper madness? Does it travel between dimensions and sew the webs of reality? What's known is it's in a better place than the corner of our door, after all.
An interesting encounter and I wouldn't have my toy soldiers face a beast of this sort if they were alive!