The Australian garden orb weaver spider (Eriophora transmarina)
Garden Orb Weaver Spider
Golden Orb Weaver Spider
Garden Orb Spider
The Australian garden orb weaver spider (Eriophora transmarina) is a very common species of spider with many variants in size, shape, and colour across the coastal regions of the eastern states of Australia. Although I found this little guy in my backyard in South Australia. They have very large abdomens when well-fed and exhibit a tremendous colour-range from off-white through tan, brown to almost black. They have a roughly leaf-shaped pattern on the top of their abdomen with a complex outline that is darker than the surrounding area. There may also be several whitish spots or one or more stripes.
This is what crazy Australian photographers do at 1am, set up a makeshift super macro rig 2M off the ground to get 2mm away from a giant spider in the rain.