August 13th. I made a lucky find on my kwanzan cherry this morning; one of those "I don't believe what I'm seeing" moments. Nestled in the crotch of the tree beneath a single brown dead leaf was what looked like a nodule of bark...
...until I spied the legs.
Late afternoon and the spider hasn't stirred.
Close up of the eyes which may be useful for identification to family at least.
August 14th. I lifted her leaf "umbrella" in order to get a better view of the zig-zag pattern on her abdomen. With thanks to Juan Sanchez, I can confirm that this is the Giant Lichen Orbweaver (Araneus bicentenarius).
The dark spot on her abdomen, left of center, may be a problem. She may have been parasitized. Time will tell.