Tennis Balls on the Doorstep

I really liked the contrast between the reddish door and the yellow tennis balls.

Door and Tennis Balls at Newks

I was on a field assignment (a.k.a. an art quilt class) recently at the John Newcombe Tennis Ranch in New Braunfels, Texas. While other people were wielding their rackets on the tennis courts, my classmates and I were inside the conference center studying the theory of color and design. What I was doing inside seemed much harder than what they were doing outside. My idea is that if I take enough classes, eventually I’ll learn something. (That’s my story and I’m sticking to it. I’m already signed up for three art quilt classes next year.)

 

Foot Bath Required

While walking around a tennis ranch (where I was studying the theory of color and design in the conference center), I spotted this sign. As a non-tennis player, I jumped to the conclusion that this requirement was to keep the tennis courts clean and in as good a shape as long as possible. But I didn’t know what a foot bath was. I looked around.

Foot Bath (1)

I’m thinking this is the foot bath. Or rather, the bottom-of-the-shoe bath. It doesn’t look particularly well used. But as I’m not a tennis player and didn’t ever see anyone use this while I was out and about, I don’t really know if people are supposed to clean their feet or their shoes before entering the courts. Maybe they play tennis barefooted? The sign says “Foot Bath,” not “Shoe Bath.” [Deep sigh.] I’ll probably never know. So many mysteries in this world, wouldn’t you agree?

Foot Bath (2)