Well the short answer is like that. But what are we looking at? (click on the picture above for a good look)
First, you will note the yellow lupulin glands are spilling out onto the leaves near the stem. This is the yellow dust you see in the pictures.
Third, the cone should be beginning to open up. When touched, your hands should smell like hops (yea, it’s awesome to rub a plant and have your hands smell like hops).
The cones will ripen at different times. There will be some that are ready before others. In some cases, homebrewers wait and let them all ripen and sacrifice a few for the ease of getting it all done at once, but I am going to pick these ones that are ready now.