The spider's legs are translucent, each joint slightly enlarged, knobby. It has a plump, taut, round body. I wonder if it is a female, ready to lay some eggs to ensure its progeny enter next spring. Could it be that it has gotten fatter throughout the day, or is it just my imagination?
I didn't even notice its web at first. I thought there wasn't much of one, or that it had been torn up. But as the light changed throughout the day, I saw that there is actually a complex creation guarding the window. No simple Halloween-spider web, this is three-dimensional, made from the thinnest strands. It is practically invisible. The strings form lopsided pyramids in every direction, and other geometric shapes I cannot name. Multiple supports stick to the window frame, providing a strategic framework for horizontal and diagonal secondary scaffolding. Larger black flies barge right through; how this huge bug got itself caught, I wish I knew.
The window is dirty on the outside and the inside. It has various marks on the outside - mostly spider poop, I think, and other insect leavings. On the inside it is mostly food and water splashes that have dried on the pane. I need to wash my windows, but I think I will leave the outside alone for a time, to give the spider its space and to continue to watch this interesting little creature.