I went in search of fall color last week to the Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park near Superior, Arizona. It’s early December and the cotttonwoods in the Queen Creek canyon are just beginning to go gold.
This spider looked like a grass spider, the common kind you might see anywhere in the west, except for its size. Its body, excluding the legs, was at least 1.5 inches long. If you are familiar with cottonwood leaves, look at the dry leaves in the second photo for a sense of scale.