Captured on film here for the first time, this is the rarely observed threat posture of the Enchanted Fallen Branch (EFB).
These creatures usually ignore all but other EFB's, but the sudden onset of summer heat, after the unusual, extended winter weather this spring, had undoubtedly stressed and disoriented the poor creature.
I was walking through the woods, looking ahead to another potential photographic opportunity, when suddenly it was just there--standing perfectly still and silently glaring at me. Nevertheless, I managed to document this incredibly rare occurrence, before backing away--calmly and considerately--from the EFB's territory.
(Surely National Geographic will not turn me down this time... surely.) ;-)