It's hard to tell from the photo how big this spider actually is.
We saw it at the lake, along with several of its only slightly smaller friends. It was frighteningly big. The leg span was at least three inches.
Thankfully, we only saw these guys at water's edge, on the rocks, and under the dock. Of course after seeing them, I no longer visited the dock at night, but at least they weren't in the cottage.
I don't know why it is, but just looking at this photo once more causes a very distinct physical reaction in me. Goose bumps, shuddering, and that feeling of panic.
No, I'm not ashamed to admit I'm terrified of spiders. I wish I wasn't and I think it's stupid, but well... there it is.
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