They look close. Give a cone a flick with your finger. It should snap off, leaving a few petals on the stem. If the stem breaks, they are past their peak but still worth picking.
A fan speeds the drying time and that is critical to the long-term quality.
Remember one unassailable statistic, as explained by the late, great George Carlin: "Just think of how stupid the average person is, and then realize half of them are even stupider!"
"I would like to die on Mars, just not on impact." Elon Musk