Usually I think of late summer and early fall as "The Spider Time of Year", but I'm seeing quite a few spiders around the yard right now, in what I would consider mid summer. What's even more interesting is that most of these are a little different from the spiders I tend to see later in the season.
outside the kitchen door, around the compost pile, or between the beds in our vegetable garden. I'd say the average one I'm seeing right now has a slender body whose length is right around 1/2", which is a far cry from the inch long (and almost as wide) female "monsters" more common in September.
If you're the sort to worry about such things, you'll be happy to know that, despite their size and although their bite IS painful, rabid wolf spiders are not poisonous to humans and the pain from the bite will rapidly subside. Personally, I just wouldn't pick one up! That moves the chance of getting bitten to just about zero.
I love seeing spiders around the yard. They help maintain ecological balance by capturing and eating a wide variety of insects and, occasionally, other spiders. While I'm not overly excited about accidentally running into spider webs, especially face first, most of the spiders I'm seeing right now either don't make webs or they don't make webs that I'm likely to run into. Even the black and yellow garden spiders are spinning their webs deep down in the middle of perennials right now, rather than high up across pathways. Have you seen any interesting spiders in your garden lately?