Spider photos

Spider by C.K. Sample III (cksample) on 500px.com
Spider by C.K. Sample III
Kristin and I went to a cookout with her coworkers last night in the backyard of one of their houses in the Bronx. I brought my Nikon D7000 with the 18-200mm VR II lens and managed to take a bunch of pictures of this tiny spider that was hanging around near some flowers. Pseudo-macro with a close range zoom lens set at 200mm. I had to manual focus. Turns out the picture above got on 500px’s Upcoming list and I got the most votes, favorites, and comments I’ve ever received on the site, along with a slew of new followers. Evidently people really like spiders.
Spider in her web by C.K. Sample III (cksample) on 500px.com
Spider in her web by C.K. Sample III
Anyone know what type of spider this is? On Facebook, my friend Bill suggested it may be a Mable Orchard Spider:

My best determination, using my copy of The Audubon Field Guide To Insects And Spiders, this is a Mable Orchard Spider. Their habitat is described as woodland edges and shrubby meadows. Their range is New England to Florida and as far west as Texas. Check on line and see if it matches.

Some of the photos look close, but none make me think “oh yes, definitely a Mable Orchard Spider.” Here’s a really close 100% crop of the spider:
Spider by C.K. Sample III (cksample) on 500px.com
Spider by C.K. Sample III
And here’s another shot of him:
Bronx Garden Spider by C.K. Sample III (cksample) on 500px.com
Bronx Garden Spider by C.K. Sample III
And the same photo after I actually color and lens corrected:
Color corrected version of Spider by C.K. Sample III (cksample) on 500px.com
Color corrected version of Spider by C.K. Sample III

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