Nantucket Photographer Jonathan Nimerfroh Captures Beautiful, Giant, and Nearly Frozen Waves On Camera
The Atlantic Ocean’s waters appeared like that because of the exceptionally low temperatures that caused them to freeze. Every year, lakes ice, but freezing seas is an uncommon occurrence.
The photographer/surfer/ocean enthusiast went out to capture the magnificence of this once-in-a-lifetime occurrence. The partially-frozen waves swirled and crashed against the coast, appearing to be formed of something thicker than water.
“The wind was roaring from the southwest, which would normally generate difficult or choppy conditions, not very excellent for surfing,” Jonathan says.
However, because the sea’s surface was frozen slush, the wind had little effect on the form. They were the ideal slush waves. The images below depict this strange occurrence. They had an odd, thick substance. His “Slurpee Waves” picture series is amazing.
The waves’ unique appearance is caused by temperature changes in the water and air. The temperature in Nantucket at the time he shot these images was 19°F.
He described the day he shot the images in “Stay Wild Magazine,” saying, “Just been extremely chilly here.” The port to the mainland is completely frozen… The day after I photographed these, the beach for 200 yards out really froze.” Jonathan is “obsessed with the water,” and he is an ardent surfer in addition to his sea-centric photography.