Golden Threads

I honestly have no clue what this is, but it sort of looks like a stunning, massive golden threaded dandelion seed head. I loved the feathery look of this and I didn’t see another one the entire trip.

Golden Threads of Seeds
Golden Threads of Seeds
Golden Threads of Seeds
Golden Threads of Seeds

This was well worth taking the time to swap out my lenses so I could get the details from a macro shot.

Golden Threads of Seeds
Golden Threads of Seeds

Dandelion?

There were several of these outside of the place we were staying. I didn’t get many flower photos while I was gone as I felt pressured to “move along” and not take the time to swap out my lenses. I took the time to get this one, though because it was just so similar, yet different.

Yellow Dandelion(?) Flower
Yellow Dandelion(?) Flower

I say it is potentially some form of dandelion only because the flower looks like one. But, these were probably close to 3 foot tall and I’ve never seen a dandelion that is more than a few inches, unless it is the fluffy seed head that grows taller. Even that isn’t much more than maybe a foot or so.

Yellow Dandelion(?) Flower
Yellow Dandelion(?) Flower

There were so many really similar features, but on this they seem exaggerated, longer and ganglier than what I’m used to seeing in a dandelion. Even those fun little curls seemed to be so tall they couldn’t hold themselves up. The loops seem longer and don’t have the same clean, smooth curl a traditional dandelion seems to have (see image below).

Dandelion Curls
Dandelion Curls

I have no idea if this is in fact a dandelion, but it has to be some kind of very close relation.