Nantucket Photographer Captures Nearly Frozen Waves In Beautiful Crashes

The cold weather has affected millions this winter, and it doesn’t matter what part of the country you live in. It’s made for some amazing shots in the world of photography, as many may remember a frozen Niagara Falls. Now, a photographer by the name of Jonathan Nimerfroh caught some waves of Nantucket in almost fully frozen form, and the term “Slurpee Waves” was born.

CBS Boston reported that Nimerfroh was walking along a beach on the island of Nantucket when he saw the waves crashing down onto the sand and surf. As a photographer, he had his camera with him, as always, and thought these were no ordinary waves.

As he stared out at the waves, he noticed they were rolling in like a slush of sorts, or like that of a Slurpee drink.

Nantucket frozen waves

Due to there being so much ice in the water and spread throughout the surf, the waves weren’t really rolling but crumbling on top of one another. The semi-frozen waves made for a beautiful sight and that was why Nimerfroh kept on snapping away.

Nantucket frozen waves

Obviously, these pics had to be taken on a very cold day, and with a high temperature of 19 degrees, that worked out just fine. Nimerfroh spoke with NBC News and noticed that the Nantucket waves were actually frozen quite far out from the shore.

“When I pulled up to the beach, I could see the horizon just look strange,” Nimerfroh told NBC News. “When I got to the top off the dunes I saw that beginning about 300 yards away from the shoreline the ocean was starting to freeze.

“The high temp that day was around 19 degrees. The wind was howling from the southwest, which would typically make rough or choppy conditions not so good for surfing, but since the surface of the sea was frozen slush, the wind did not change the shape. What resulted was perfect, dreamy, slush waves.”

When he saw the two or three foot waves rolling into the shore, Nimerfroh took it upon himself to find out more about the phenomenon he was seeing. It seems that he was witnessing something that hadn’t been seen in a very long time.

“I’ve been asking all the fishermen and surfers I know if they have ever seen such a thing, and they have all reported that this is a first, a result of it being the coldest winter we’ve had in 81 years,” Nimerfroh said. “I guess the people I asked weren’t old enough to remember a colder winter than this!”

The winter of late 2014 and and into early 2015 has been one that so many people will never forget. It’s been filled with closed offices, missed school, plenty of snow, and the frozen waves of Nantucket.

[Images via Jonathan Nimerfroh]