Slow Sea Rising

Casting for tarpon, paddling bioluminescent bays, adhering to a small boat in a storm-tossed sea, philosophizing in quaint tavernas, and getting lost on remote island trails are just a few of the experiences examined in my latest book– the fruit of an indie project that I’m proud to offer interested readers.

Slow Sea Rising is an 80-page lyrical blend resulting from a lifelong investigation of our far-flung capes and islands. From imaginative origins of life in the rising brine to personal jaunts through Caribbean, Mediterranean and oceanic isles, this perfect-bound paperback constitutes more than a collection of connected poems. A strong, consistent volume, SSR reflects an ecological urgency and the pleasures of independent maritime travel. If you’re interested in a copy, let me know and I’ll get one to you pronto.

That said, I’ll soon be hiking and birding Costa Rica for a couple of weeks (and even casting for wild rainbows in the cloud forest!) high above the rising seas. Wish me luck, take care, and please stay tuned.

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Image result for maps of costa rica
R.-t. is the only hummer east of the Mississippi. Costa Rica has 50 hummingbird species… A challenge?

About rivertoprambles

Welcome to Rivertop Rambles. This is my blog about the headwaters country-far afield or close to home. I've been a fly-fisher, birder, and naturalist for most of my adult life. I've also written poetry and natural history books for thirty years. In Rambles I will mostly reflect on the backcountry of my Allegheny foothills in the northern tier of Pennsylvania and the southern tier of New York State. Sometimes I'll write about the wilderness in distant states, or of the wild places in the human soul. Other times I'll just reflect on the domestic life outdoors. In any case, I hope you enjoy. Let's ramble!
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15 Responses to Slow Sea Rising

  1. Brent says:

    I’m very excited (by proxy) about your Costa Rica trip, and will eagerly look forward to swapping stories next time we get together–later in the summer, I hope. The book looks nice, too, and it’ll be nice to see (and read) the fruits of your labors.

  2. wwbjr1 says:

    Hello, Mr. Franklin. Not given to comment, though very much appreciate your post & photographs over the years. Would like to arrange to acquire SSR. Please advise. With gratitude, respect, & all good wishes, Wickes Brewster P O Box 8 Carbondale, CO 81623

  3. UB says:

    Headed to a different country eh?…. ‘On Some Faraway Beach’? (in Costa Rica). Will look forward to your reflections on your adventure. Hot weather and 2 bathroom renovations here. Not sure when I’ll be back in PA (probably August sometime). Safe Travels to you! UB

    • Wow, you just blew me away with that Eno reference! Yeah, “On Some Faraway Beach”– did you catch that in my Sand & Sage book? Though I’ll be more likely found On Some Cloud Forest Canopy or In the Jaguar Forest. Thank you, and I hope to have some stories for all.

      • UB says:

        When I made the comment I had looked up the Eno song you referenced (I think it may have been the previous blog entry you made) and thought the ‘…Faraway Beach’ sort of fit into your current travel plans. Thus…. I wasn’t sure you would catch it. I will not make that presumption again (presumption as I believe you being the literary type remembers a thing or two as you go along, therefore you catch references) – 🙂 Be safe in your travels and have fun – most importantly, don’t forget your way back – just head North (should get you close enough till you see something familar)! UB

  4. Presumptions ‘R’ Us, and often fun! Thank you, and if lost & the skies aren’t cloudy, I’ll follow the North Star home.

  5. plaidcamper says:

    Hi Walt, I’d love a copy of Slow Sea Rising, and can be reached at to sort out the details.
    I was bobbing about in a friend’s boat between the Broken Group Islands this past weekend, and now find myself inching ever closer to acquiring a little tin tub to explore the coastal waters (and find quiet camp spots) – it was hugely enjoyable to be on the water and then off the grid for a few days…
    Safe travels, and looking forward to hearing about your CR adventures!

    • Thanks so much, Adam, I will contact you! A little tin tub is a great vehicle, surely, to explore those secretive coastal nooks, a very sensible investment. Later, my friend….

  6. tiostib says:

    Wishing you safe travels and delightful adventures!

  7. Jet Eliot says:

    I wish you the best on your CR trip and the sale of your new adventure book, Walt. Those hummingbirds in CR will indeed be a challenge, but one of the most delightful challenges you will ever know. Cheers and happy times to you and your family.

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