There, strung between the trees at the side of the path was a huge orb weaver's web. If it had been across the path instead of beside it I'd have had spider web all over me from knee to noggin. Not to mention the web's inhabitant, which would have ended up more or less right on my nose.
Garden orb weaving spider
She was such a pretty lady* and I was so glad she was still in her web and not on my face. Yep, I stood in our garden at 2 in the morning taking photos of a spider. It was a little difficult because I couldn't see what the camera was aiming at till the flash went off, but I think this one turned out ok.
*Fairly sure it was a female, the size difference between the sexes in garden orb weavers isn't that big but females are still larger and this one was a big 'un, well over an inch in length.