This next photo is of a flower I thought was just beautiful.
Last, here are the front and back of a garden spider that is indigenous (and quite common) in North and South America. It is a golden orb weaver. Some of my friends call it a banana spider, but that can be confusing because there is a very poisonous "Banana" spider in Brazil that is way uglier and meaner than this one.
It has several common names such as yellow garden spider. Another friend called this her backyard buddy. It will bite if threatened, but usually just runs away if it's web is disturbed. The bite is comparable to a bee sting. This one is definitely female. The male orb weaver is much smaller and brown in color.