It turns out there are big-orange-spiders in New York… only they’re brown instead of orange. And they seem to have slightly smaller webs than I’m used to. I don’t know why, but I always forget about big-orange-spiders until they come out in the fall. I don’t mind black widows, but these guys give me the heebie jeebies. I hate accidentally walking into their webs and feeling like there are spiders on me for the rest of the day. Here are a couple of pictures of a brown big-orange-spider, followed by a picture of her web. She’s cleverly built it between the pole beans and the palm tree kale. I’m going to have to knock it down when I harvest the kale, which makes me feel slightly bad. Although if you know to look for it in the picture, you can see there’s already a big hole in the middle of her web. I just hope she doesn’t get more adventurous. She is a big-orange-spider, after all, and she could easily decide to put a web between our house and the neighbor’s house, or exactly across the back door. There’ll be no more going out of the house for me without the big-orange-spider broom waving ritual.