This fellow was above our clothes line.
It's a golden orb spider.
I spied this from the kitchen and wondered why a leaf was suspended in the air in the backyard.
Upon closer examination, I thought the leaf was trapped in a spider's web.
But upon closer examination yet, turns out the leaf is the spider's home! It's called a leaf-curling spider, for obvious reasons.
Another leaf-curling spider with its 'castle' in the clouds...
And a peek at the resident...
Spiders aren't the only ones that hang around - their poor victims do too. This is one huge bug, about the size of a child's palm, and it hung two inches off the ground. It's amazing that an insect so big could be trapped by something as fine as a web.