Before my initial photo essay (Old Santa Barbara Mission in Photographs), I debated whether or not I should publish the post at all. I figured I’d be ‘phoning it in’ as a blogger, relying on pictures instead of words. I was worried that it wouldn’t be popular or go over well with readers.
Wow, was I ever wrong.
The post went on to be my most popular post ever, garnering more hits and comments than anything else I’ve ever posted. So first and foremost, thank you so much for visiting. It really does mean a lot to me. And second, thanks for commenting. I love interacting with readers and other travel bloggers; it just might be the best part of this ‘job’.
Since the first one went over so well, I have decided to make photo essays part of my regular rotation of articles here at Travel Rinse Repeat. I promise I’ll still be providing plenty of written content, but you’ll start to see a more photo-specific posts from time to time.
Okay, enough boring site news; onto the photo essay.
Before visiting Baton Rouge, I knew very little about the city aside from the fact that it was near New Orleans and was the home of Louisiana State University, one of the premier university athletic programs in the United States. While I’m sure LSU has its academic achievements, there is no denying that to many, they’re known for their athletic prowess.
I spent one morning wandering around campus before work and one evening attending an LSU basketball game with some coworkers when I captured the following photographs.
The LSU Tigers are one of the football powerhouses in the South Eastern Conference of college football, winning two national championships in the last ten years and playing (though ultimately losing) in the 2012 national championship game. They play their home games at Tiger Stadium which is also known as Death Valley.
Inside, I found a rather intimate basketball venue. We were able to score free tickets outside the arena and were only a few rows behind the court in a mostly empty arena. Basketball does not enjoy the immense popularity that football does in Baton Rouge, especially when the team isn’t doing particularly well.
Tip ball to begin the game between the LSU Tigers and the Mississippi State Bulldogs. The Tigers ended up pulling out a thrilling overtime victory against the visiting Bulldogs, who were ranked as one of the top 25 basketball teams in the country at the time.
You know the drill now. What is your favorite image? Let me know in the comments.