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Thank you all for having my back, taking the time to send your condolences to me on my family losses.  I’m embarrassed to admit, I tried to reply to each of you, but then I found that I got really emotional, and just couldn’t.  So please accept my thank you for your kindness.

What is it about bubbles that are so captivating and magical?

 For me, I love all the rainbow colors and I enjoy watching a breeze catch them and whisk them away.

 I can’t help but smile when I see a bubble and I’m instantly transported to childhood fantasies.

Fairy Farts.













I received a text message – a photo challenge from sister #1.  The challenge was to go out the next morning when the temperatures would be frigid and photograph bubbles that have frozen.

Hey now, that’s the kind of challenge that is right up my alley.

The next morning, at sunrise with a few degrees registered on the thermometer, I bundled myself up as though I was heading on a North Pole expedition, armed with camera and bubbles, cell phone in a pocket so I could take photos to share with big sister.

I fumbled around awkwardly trying to blow bubbles and take photos with my camera at the same time.  Shaking from the cold, klutzy with too much equipment in my hands,  Mr. Cottage came out to my rescue.

  Things pretty much didn’t go as planned.

First I didn’t have enough sunlight to really capture all those fairy farts, magically floating ever so briefly in the air.

The bubbles mostly froze mid-air and popped before I could hardly get any shots.  We chased the sun coming up, trying to get the right light.  Quickly the contents in the bottle started freezing in Mr. Cottage’s hand, that’s when I put the bottle in my coat pocket trying to warm it up.  Somehow the lid came off and the bottle spilled and then froze in my pocket.  I reached inside to grab my cell phone, it was covered in frozen bubbles, then it stuck to my hand.  I had visions of that kid with his tongue frozen to the metal pole.

Truly, the thought of capturing the magic of frozen bubbles in just one photo is the only thing that would keep me outside in those temperatures for that long.  Though it didn’t go according to the plan I had in mind, I had a blast and a few photos turned out ok for my first attempt.

Challenge met.  Sorta.

The last few photos were of the only bubble that didn’t break immediately.  I blew it out on a metal table, which I moved around trying to capture the sunlight from different angles.  I used my macro lens to capture the frozen crystals.

Slowly the bubble started falling in on itself at the top and then pouff – the magic was gone.

Thank you for stopping in today.

xo Kim

28 thoughts on “frozen fairy farts

  1. vicki says:

    I love the pictures!! And even more so, the story of how they came to be!!

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    1. Ah thanks Vicki. I don’t do cold period. So it was a challenge for me to follow through with this, and it was fun. xo kim

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  2. LaDy says:

    Those frozen bubbles in all degrees of fairy fartiness were amazing to see. Kudos to sister #1 for the challenge and more kudos to you and Mr. Cottage for braving the elements and entertaining your readers with such delight.

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    1. LaDy – well you may remember I don’t do cold very gracefully, so it was certainly a challenge. Sister #1 is full of entertaining craziness and I’m always the patsy! xo kim


  3. Ginny says:

    I love, love, love it!!! You are capturing wonderful moments together, and your description of the adventure is such fun. It warms my heart…..many thanks!

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    1. Hey Ginny it was an adventure and it wouldn’t have been the same if Mr. Cottage hadn’t come along for the ride. Thank you for your thoughts. xo kim


  4. says:

    Way cool!!!!! The bubbles on the metal table looked like tiny moons. Did your sister do the challenge, too?

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    1. Miss Linda – I could totally see you doing this. That is if it ever got cold enough in Florida – LOL I thought the same thing about the moon – those crooked minds thinking alike… Yes, my sister attempted to do the challenge too, she said she had the same problem with bubbles freezing up too fast and then breaking right away. I’d do it again, well maybe! xo kim

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      1. says:

        Ah, but you figured out how to get the pic before the moons popped! Good for you! Yep, us crooked mooners can get in more durn trouble…


  5. Anonymous says:

    Great I so enjoy your news . Have you ever heard of the rainbow bridge. It’s a wonderful poem when dogs have passed. ISO enjoyed it when my Dudley my dacsie died. Lyn

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    1. Hi Lyn, I have heard of Rainbow Bridge, I have a framed copy a friend gave to me years ago when we lost a dear pet. It is a comforting thought isn’t it? Hugs. Xo kim


  6. Donna says:

    I loved your post! I have never heard of bubbles being called Fairy Farts. Hilarious, thank you for sharing.

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    1. Hi Donna I’m glad you liked this story. I totally made up the fairy farts – thank you for appreciating my weirdo sense of humor. Thanks for popping in and leaving a message. XO kim


  7. lindasschaub says:

    This was a fun post – I loved those bubble wands when I was a kid – I’ll be we would get more laughs out of them than a kid would. I loved the fairy farts floating around the yard, and the up-close ones as well. You rose to the challenge Kim and excelled.

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    1. Hi Linda – my purple bubble wand is a keeper, I’ve had it for quite some time. I like to hang it out the car window when we are driving down the highway, leaving a trail of happiness behind me. xo kim

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      1. lindasschaub says:

        I like that idea Kim! The world needs more smiles for sure!

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  8. ruthsoaper says:

    Bubbles are so much fun and I am glad you took on this challenge because the pictures that you did get are amazing. Thanks Kim. 🙂

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    1. Ruth – I’m glad I took the challenge too, I like the photos, but I’m glad I made myself go out in the cold, I need to do that more. I’ve got cabin fever from staying inside so much, I just have a problem with cold air. I’ve turned in to a wimp! xo kim

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      1. ruthsoaper says:

        I know what you mean about the cold – I have turned into a whip as well. When my husband used to work away from home I had no choice than to be out every day – take the kids to school – walk the dogs – feed the chickens but now he is home all the time and does all that and I let him. LOL.

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      2. Ha ha, my husband had been home since September, recovering from surgery and he too does a lot of the things I normally do when it isn’t cold out. There is a silver lining after all for him not earning a living! 🙂

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  9. Debra says:

    This is another beautiful post-your creativity and expertise always amazes me. how sweet that your hubby joined you!!! I wonder, was it too cold for the birds to get in on the fun? I’m sure my 17 year old baby geese would be scared of bubbles, but I want to try it (in warm weather!)
    Love to you!

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    1. Dear Friend, it wasn’t my creativity – it was sister #1. Yeah, Mr. Cottage is a pretty fun kind of guy – I’m lucky. I purposely did this before I let the cicks out, otherwise, I think they would have broken bubbles and cause mayhem. I am certainly gonna do a chicks and bubbles party as you said in warmer weather. xo kim


  10. DA Squires says:

    Years ago I made a bubble formula for very large bubbles in the summertime…my children LOVED this (and so did I : ) But I never thought of FROZEN bubbles… they seem far too fragile to freeze.. so it was a thrill to see this!! Kudos to you to accept and meet the challenge (and brave the cold so early!) It is completely magical…the wonder of childhood captured in a single frozen bubble…xo

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    1. Debbie – I wonder if that is the same formula I had a long time ago – can’t remember seems like it was Dawn and maybe baby oil??? What makes them big – isn’t that wand size? I guess I’ll have to google. Love me some bubbles. xo kim


  11. Annie says:

    What an adventure! That last bubble with the fern-like frost is amazing. I’d love to do this with my sister who lives in Wisconsin where arctic overnight temps will soon be -14°. Is there a formula for tougher bubbles? Hope your phone is okay…

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    1. Annie – I saw the fern in the bubble too! Oh my,-14 are you kidding me, I saw -62 on the map the other day and I thought you’d have to be crazy to live in that. I’m just not a cold weather girl, never have been and as I get older I just can’t seem to tolerate it at all. I complain about the heat in the summer too, but it doesn’t make me crazy like the cold does. I don’t know about tougher bubbles, but I’m thinking some research is in order! xo kim

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  12. Mrs. N in Japan says:

    Oh…gosh…I can’t tell you how much I loved this post! What totally awesome photos! Photography really makes me happy. I love looking at photos and taking them but recently have just snapped off shots with my tablet- very lazy.

    What kind of camera do you use? Really curious. You are inspiring me to haul out my Cannon and start practicing.

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    1. Hi Connie – I’m so glad this post spoke to you. I love taking photos too – kindred spirits and all. I’m glad you asked about the camera. I am currently using a Canon EOS 80D, which I like very much. I had a EOS 60D, and before that I had a Nikon. Love my Canon products. I also have had several Canon point and shoots. I still use one of them if I’m in a situation that I’m worried about the safety of the camera, or can’t carry such a big one with me. My Macro lens is an EF 100mm.

      I don’t seem to take such good photos with my table or my cell phone, although I know other people who do.

      Enjoy some camera time – it is relaxing. xo kim

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