Cool spider 

At least I think it's cool. I came across this one while pulling weeds on my team's landscape day at work (the company has been running an experiment with doing our own landscaping at work). Anyway, I'm not from around these parts, so the species is unfamiliar to me. I didn't see it at first because its web was placed right in the middle of some weeds with yellow flowers I was pulling. I nearly grabbed it accidentally. Whatever it is, it seems to be a chonky, happy one.

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Cool spider 

With much help from @nev, I believe I've identified this as an argiope aurantia, or yellow garden spider.

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Argiope_

Cool.

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