Thanks to my friend Gena paintingsheep for finally finding out what this seed head is.
It is a Goatsbeard or Western Salsify Seed Head. Salsify is widely cultivated for its long edible root, oyster like in flavor. Its root is similar in appearance to a thin parsnip. Additionally, it is long in length and is cream or white in color. From the top of the salsify, green, grass-like shoots emerge. These leaves are edible and can be used in salads, for example. Salsify is a hearty plant that requires approximately 150 days to grow. However, it can be left in the ground during the winter months and will still flourish. When cultivated for a few years, salsify will also produce stalks that bear purple flowers.
Taken from about seven feet with a Nikon D90 and Nikkor 300mm lens on auto focus