Today was a Riverbanks Zoo and Botanical Gardens day for me, though I was only there an hour. :) It's nice going the last hour it's open - all the school kids are gone (not that there are terribly many on the Garden side in any case!) and it's quiet and I like the light.
Saw several of these - <em>Argiope aurantia</em>, known better by various common names like: Writing Spider, Garden Spider, and Golden Orb Weaver.
Obviously, I've played with the photo a little. :)