When snow comes to Tennessee

First tracks!

Every year we hope we get snow, we watch the forecasts and hope it won’t skirt around us. Smiles all around today when we woke to a couple of inches! Jon headed out on his fat bike to ride the greenways and I headed out with my camera.

When I was working on the Chattanooga Bicycling Routes Book, I rode past a collection of old bikes that formed a fence around the front of a sweet little cottage house. Months later I would meet the owner of that bike fence and we would come to be good friends. Her collection inspired me to keep my eye out for old gems. The first in my collection — a green cruiser-style bike short on spokes — came from Estate of Confusion on Main Street in Chattanooga. We had to do a bit of coercing to get the old bike into the back of my Mini Cooper, but it made it home to Knoxville safely and is now a proud participant in my own bike fence. Every season I find great joy in photographing the bike fence. Snow is one of my favorite times to grab my camera to see what catches my eye.

Snow Covered Bike Fence

 

Spokeless – a gem from Estate of Confusion shop on Main Street in Chattanooga

 

Lovely old bike speckled with hues of rust

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No Longer in Season

Fall Colors - Bike Fence

Old bikes have their seasons too!

Time-worn and tossed-out bicycles line the split-rail fence along our driveway and although it’s sad to see these bikes growing rustier and older as the seasons pass, I’m glad they have a place to retire where flowers weave through their spokes in the summer and snow dusts their frames in the winter. To me, they become more beautiful as they age. I love their old shattered parts, worn beyond repair, the rust eroding a once shiny frame. I’ve taken pictures of these bikes in every season. I’m particularly fond of this shot — the flower pod and bike both at the end of their season!

No Longer in Season

No longer in season

A Big Snow Day

Winter Snows Blanket the Bike Fence