Looks like an orchid to me, but I couldn't find it in my wildflower book. I've never seen another one, and it was all by itself on today's hike. The bottom part was quite bulbous.
Identifying plants and animals can be tricky. Like this hawk, right by the side of the road, but by the time I got the camera out of the backpack, lens cover off, passed it to Jon who complained it was on the wrong setting-- well the bird wouldn't show its face.