The colors of summer on the Fumee Lake trails

A skipper butterfly perches on a yellow lady’s slipper, one of the most common orchids at the Fumee Lake Natural Area in Quinnesec. (Theresa Proudfit/Daily News photo)
A striped coralroot, a type of orchid that does not have leaves or obtain nutrition through photosynthesis but relies on a type of fungus. (Theresa Proudfit/Daily News photo)
A male calico pennant dragonfly. (Theresa Proudfit/Daily News photo)
The bluebead lily gets its name from the round berries that form after the flowers are gone. (Theresa Proudfit/Daily News)
A jack-in-the-pulpit, just starting to open. (Theresa Proudfit/Daily News photo)
Eastern red columbine. (Theresa Proudfit/Daily News photo)
Blue-eyed grass. Despite the name, it actually is a member of the iris family. (Theresa Proudfit/Daily News photo)

Nature enthusiast Phyllis Carlson of Quinnesec took Daily News staff writer and photographer Theresa Proudfit on a wildflower hike Wednesday afternoon at the Fumee Lake Natural Area in Quinnesec.

Carlson, who has a special passion for wild orchids, frequently visits various areas in Dickinson County to document what might be growing in the region. She then reports the species she finds to Michigan State University Herbarium in East Lansing.

Several orchids were seen in bloom during the hike. Others were just starting to open for the year.

Carlson reminds residents that all orchids in the United States are protected from being removed from the wild. Picking them is illegal as well, she added, and usually kills the orchid.