We made a brief trip recently to see one of the most amazing of our native orchids, Cephalanthera austiniae, the Phantom Orchid. After a failed attempt at a first location we found and photographed it at a second location, our tenth orchid of the season. We did find it at the first location - it was everywhere - but we only found one plant in bloom. All the rest were still in bud.
Along with the Phantoms we found the Striped Coralroot, Corallorhiza striata, still blooming. These were nearing the end of their bloom season, but we found some nice examples in both the pinkish and yellowish color forms. This was at a higher elevation than at home and so the season is later - they are long finished in the areas we visited nearer home.
Corallorhiza striata var. striata
Corallorhiza maculata var. occidentalis fma. aurea
Corallorhiza maculata var. occidentalis (pink-lipped form)