If you want to learn more about Blender Cycles by Steven Lund, dont miss this in depth video tutorial covering the creation of a realistic dandelion featuring topics like, Cloth Simulation, Hair Dynamics, Cycles Strand Rendering.

If you want to reproduce the same tutorial, you can catch the textures here :

Dandelion Head // Dead Leaves // Seed  // HDR Map 

[vimeo]https://vimeo.com/62221055[/vimeo]

[vimeo]https://vimeo.com/63794533[/vimeo]