This morning when I woke up I went to let one of the cats outside and looking through my door window and found that this female garden spider hanging on the back door window. I went through the front door so that I could get a shot of the front of her. She's an ordinary garden spider and must have been lost as we certainly don't have a garden, so the joke is on her! LOL I remember seeing one of these for the first time about 12 years ago and it scared the crap out of me! Still, spiders are kind of creepy at that, but the coloration on this one and the infamous zipper looking web, I find it quite fascinating too. At first I thought it was going to attack me as the web kept moving back and forth as if she were going to spring out or something. Instead, I think she thought my camera was prey.
This is his underside shot from through the window, so not quite as clear.
I also shot another from the front with a different setting so you can see the "zipper" web better.
To learn more about this species of spider, you can find it on the web here, of course!