I found this black and yellow garden spider (Argiope aurantia) literally hanging out in my crepe myrtle tree this morning.
I was finally able to get a good picture of her with the macro setting on my camera and by manually focusing. The auto-focus simply did not see her and kept focusing on the branch behind her. I perhaps rely too much on auto-focus due to my less than perfect eyesight.
The photo is misleading and makes her look huge. However, she is quite small. I think the tips of her legs would just barely touch the edge of a dime if spread out like the spokes of a wheel.
I hope she has a good long life and grows to be 2 inches or more across. These spiders are highly desirable in gardens because they eat lots of pesky insects. Plus they look really cool!