Every once in a while I stumble across an intriguing and unusual spider. This one we call a crab spider because of its shape and its six spiny projections. Biologists call this critter a "Crablike Spiny Orbweaver" (Gasteracantha concriformis).
I encountered this fellow busily weaving a web across the trail at Hammock Hills. I ducked under, and didn't disturb him at all.
Our latest Ocracoke Newsletter is an account of the recent skirmishes islanders have had with North Carolina legislatures over the issue of ferry tolls...and a 1955 newspaper editorial advocating free, state-operated ferries across Hatteras Inlet. You can read it here: http://www.villagecraftsmen.com/news082113.htm.