Marty Straub

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Marty Straub

My name is Marty ---just another n'one in the backseat of a station wagon full of us. I make pictures of light on shapes & tell stories.
There are a lot more photos on my website at http://parksphotos.com/, and a lot more yadda yadda through my blog page at http://parksphotos.com/blog/.



North America » United States » Maine » York October 26th 2015

October 25, 2015 Photos from Pemaquid Lighthouse Photos from Portland Lighthouse Photos from Nubble Lighthouse and York Beach The Bradley Inn was a wonderfully pleasant experience. We had a blissful sleep and awoke to the hope of a magnificent morning. It was still too dark to tell, but the view out our window told us it wouldn’t matter what the weather would be. This place even looks good when it’s bad. The plan was to head over to the Pemaquid Light, come back for a fine breakfast at the inn, and head to Portland Head Light for the so-so light of afternoon. We’d then check into our digs in York for a sunset series at the Cape Neddick Lighthouse. The first exposure f... read more
Pemaquid Lighthouse
Pemaquid Lighthouse
Pemaquid Lighthouse

North America » United States » Maine » Bristol October 25th 2015

Sunday, October 25, 2015 Photos from Marshalls Lighthouse Photos from Pemaquid Lighthouse Photos from Pemaquid with painterly expressions We woke up and continued packing where we left off sometime yesterday. It was Sunday, and the intent was to leave before the games were afoot, yet late enough to get in some more quality time with our hosts, Stubdude & Juno. We wanted to reach Marshalls Lighthouse in Port Clyde in time for the so-so light of mid afternoon, and then be on time for some sunset shots at the Pemaquid Lighthouse (my favorite, and now I think Matt’s, too). The ride from anywhere to anywhere in Maine will take you on interesting roads, and our trek mainly kept us on US1, the only road in our cou... read more
Marshalls Lighthouse
Pemaquid Lighthouse
Pemaquid Lighthouse

North America » United States » Maine » Brooklin October 22nd 2015

Thursday, October 22, 2015 Photos from this (our first) day in Maine Maine is a very special place on this planet for me, not just because of the natural beauty that flows through the land and consequently from the people who live there, but because of the most enjoyable times spent there over the years. My cousin, writer James K. Straub, aka Stubdude, and his wonderful wife, artist June Kellogg, have been living there since the 80s, and I visit the fun nearly every October. I choose October rather than the popular summer months because that’s the Maine I love. The money changers, so to speak, and consuming crowds traditionally leave by Columbus Day, October 12th, and the state is left with only real Mainers –the ones who brave out the winters. Earlier this year we ... read more
Stowed
Fishermen's News
Matt shooting the noose

North America » United States » Alaska » Ketchikan August 31st 2015

Click here for photos from Ketchikan We awoke in Ketchikan to what we'd come to consider the sound of Alaska, a cold rain. Even the sound of the rain hitting our balcony told us it was cold, or perhaps our expectations of weather better than we experience back home had slowly turned into acceptance of the damp, cold reality of our current position. Although I often mention how overcast and rainy Northeast Pennsylvania is compared to the rest of the planet, Ketchikan clans claim to have the scientific proof that they have the fourth most rainy city. Upon closer inspection, we're both spreading misinformation. Neither of us appear in the most overcast group eit... read more
Photo 5

North America » United States » Alaska » Juneau August 30th 2015

Click here for photos from Juneau At the start of several of these posts about Alaska, I've mentioned how it will be short because the photos for the day were scarce and dull, yet rambled on as if I didn't mean it. For this post of our day in Juneau I mean it. There were a paltry 25 pix that made it to the gallery from this constantly raining day, and not one of them is anything to talk about. So essentially we're done here, but I'll ramble a bit because that's the way I do. After a wonderful breakfast with our fellow travelers at Johnny's Cafe (in the back), we disembarked into the cold rain of Alaska, an excellent choice. The weather was so bad that I only brought the small Canon SX50. We were ... read more

North America » United States » Alaska » Skagway August 29th 2015

Photos from Skagway Now the shore excursions begin. But the rain doesn’t stop. Oh, well… We’ve covered why we say this destination was an excellent choice, but it will always bear repeating. You may also be accustomed to two things that still won’t go without saying: 1). This overcast and rainy day was not conducive to displaying the usual Alaskan beauty in photos; and 2). This will be a rather short entry since it’s supposed to be about the photos and not the great fun we had with our fellow travelers. We were up early and had a fine breakfast at the back end of Johnny’s Cafe. Then we went back to our stateroom where we watched the dock workers set up the gangways. We also heard of Van Gogh’s life in the background on TV, ... read more

North America » United States » Alaska » Glacier Bay August 28th 2015

Photos from Glacier Bay We were still at sea this whole day. In fact, it wouldn’t be until the next day we would dock for the first time since we left Whittier. Glacier Bay National Park is much bigger than Hubbard Glacier even from the water, but the visibility was barely better, so it was hard to compare. Again, since this blog is supposed to be about the photos, this will be another short entry. Although Glacier Bay was bigger, our approach to it was much the same as it was at Hubbard. The ship moves in and slowly circles, which means that a tripod wouldn’t have helped with long exposures because we moved ever so slightly. It’s like trying to take a long exposure of the moon. It Moves. In Glacier Bay the boat just ... read more

North America » United States » Alaska » Hubbard Glacier August 27th 2015

Photos from the Hubbard Glacier Well, since this blog is primarily about the photos, this entry will surely be a short one. There were only a total of 25 exposures that were deemed worthy of entering the digital darkroom, and only 18 of those were forced into the gallery. You can imagine that the criteria of acceptance were drastically relaxed, and the results were again a day without wall-hangers. We woke early enough for a fine breakfast, then lazed around the ship and socialized. By early afternoon we were testing the quality of each bartender’s version of a caipirhina. Surprisingly they were all made properly with all the right ingredients, and we felt much more at home after the tests. Finally in the late afternoon we arrived at the day’s destination, the Hubbard Glacier. I was ... read more

North America » United States » Alaska » Alaskan Highway August 26th 2015

Click here for photos from this ride The 9-and-a-half-hour train ride from Denali to Whittier was also an excellent choice. In fact, Barb still says it was the most fun part of the trip. We stood outside the Princess Denali in a cold rain waiting for bus 8 to take us to the train. And, yes, I think every car on that train had the Princess name on it. Before we even landed in Alaska, Maureen mentioned her brother coaching her from past experience to make sure to get a seat on the top of a train car that had windows. Maureen and I were both ready to fight our way to the top, but were relieved (we’re both kind of pass-the-fists pacifists) to see that every car had windows and everyone had assigned seats that ... read more


Photos from this time in Denali National Park Denali, an excellent choice. (I can’t wait to expound on these “excellent choice” repetitions when the time comes, and I hope you stay with me at least until then.) We were among the last to visit Denali National Park when the mountain was still named McKinley. If we could have arranged (had we known) to visit the park this first afternoon of our visit instead of the second, we would have been able to see it. We boarded the bus at Princess Lodge in Fairbanks around 10 in the morning, and headed south for the Princess Lodge in Denali, just outside the third largest national park in the US. The drive is just over 2 hours, but it took us just over 3 because of the mandatory gift-shop ... read more
1st moose
Denali National Park




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