We took a dip in the pool after an early morning walk today, and noticed something large at the opposite end of the pool. Swimming closer, we could see it was a huge spider clinging to the slippery tile just above the waterline.
Thinking it was in imminent danger we jumped out of the pool to grab the skimmer net, in case it dropped into the drink.
By the time we got back the spider had carefully navigated across the tile and was resting comfortably between two waterfall rocks.
It wasn't until we took some close-up pics that we saw the spider was a female, carrying hundreds of tiny baby spiderlets on her back.
She spent the next half hour or so tucked between the rocks. When we checked back, she and her babies had moved on to a safer spot somewhere else in our yard.