The yellow salsifly flower looks like an aster but creates giant puff balls of fluffy seeds in the late summer, similar to a dandelion but outrageously plus-sized at four inches across. Each seed in the puff ball turns into a parachute, which I’ve occasionally seen rafting across the sky in bunches of thirty or forty bound together. Photographing these soft fuzzies requires a calm morning. The slightest breeze will blow them all away. The center seed in this photograph is approximately 1/4 inch in diameter and is enlarged to about 20 times life-size in a 12 by 15 print. Nederland, Colorado.