Headless Woman Standing Among the Palms

From the moment I first laid eyes on an Oxalis palmifrons I knew I wanted to take a picture of it with a tiny model train figure standing underneath the leaves as if she/he was a tourist posing among a bank of palm trees.

This photo isn’t quite what I had in mind.

You see, we’re still in the early stages of setting our lives back up after the move and a great many things are nowhere to be found. Yesterday we had to buy a new manicure set because I couldn’t go another day with so much grime underneath my nails. I hope to find my winter boots before the snow comes since new boots cost a lot more than a manicure set. Several other essential items are hiding out in a box somewhere along with the boots and rogue contents from the bathroom cabinet.

When I went digging around for my collection of tiny HO scale figurines, the only one I could find (inexplicably) was this headless woman clutching a purse.

I’m not trying to make a social statement and I assure you I am certainly not a misogynist. I just can’t find the figures that still have their extremities intact!

Gayla Trail
Gayla is a writer, photographer, and former graphic designer with a background in the Fine Arts, cultural criticism, and ecology. She is the author, photographer, and designer of best-selling books on gardening, cooking, and preserving.

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7 thoughts on “Headless Woman Standing Among the Palms

  1. Agreed, it’s a nice photo. It will serve as a reminder of moving-day chaos! I can’t wait to see your intended vision with the miniatures.

    I’m the same way, it always takes me about 3 months to be truly unpacked with my mountains of junk. (This year I’ve donated boxes upon boxes to goodwill to mitigate this!)

  2. I wished I could remain that outwardly poised when I lose my head (har har).

    I love making little dioramas in pots & gardens. My son & I have put together ones with dinosaurs, little army men, one guy spent years in a ferny terrarium.

    Some art student neighbors moved out & I scanvenged a colorful ceramic sculpture made up of many individual, but enmeshed figures. It was a little broken, so a headless soldier ended up feet up in a pot, boots in another, etc. The girls also left behind tights that will be put to good use tying up tomatoes next year.

    I wish you luck in unpacking & organizing. Good thing you moved to a bigger space.

  3. this is lovely….and lovelier because before i saw the ‘headless’ woman…it really looked like a woman seated with head bowed and arms wrapped around her knees…and this idea, this idea i like. :)

  4. I love this, it absolutely gives me the giggles. In a way, it reminds me of the creepy statue on the cover of Midnight in the Garden of Good & Evil.

  5. I Love this plant!!! I’m starting a terrarium and really want to grow this one for it…it will be perfect!!! and i think the headless woman is very wabi-sabi.

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