We spotted this amazing creature on my cousin's patio last night.
I didn't realize it at the time, but that zig zag pattern on the web below her is an identifying characteristic of this common Garden Spider.
"Their webs are usually characterized by a zigzag shaped stabilimentum (an extra thick line of silk) in the middle extending vertically."
Quite a large and impressive spider by local standards here in the suburbs of Northeast Ohio. We were somewhat terrified, but decided to merely photograph her and leave her to her web tending task. I hear she can be quite rude to her mate after she is done with him.
(after mating he dies and she might make a meal of him) Nice.