There's a dearth of spiders around here. In most Septembers, the gardens, gateposts and doorways are festooned with large orb webs, beaded with dew in early morning. This year there are almost none, certainly no big girls like the one above (picture from 2009). Maybe this in part explains the abundance of crane flies.
Any other Vancouver-area/Pacific NWers notice a lack of arachnids?