This winter has been brutal, but now we have proof that these sub-zero temperatures have gone too far.
Photographer Jonathan Nimerfroh recently captured incredible images of partially-frozen waves. That’s right, waves—the water swells that people like to surf on. They’re frozen now.
The Nantucket-based photographer says he’s “obsessed” with the ocean, and found these natural works of art on one of the island’s beaches:
— Jonathan Nimerfroh (@JDNPHOTOGRAPHY) February 26, 2015
— DiadaTerra (@ruisaldanha) February 27, 2015
While not completely frozen, these slush waves are still a scientific marvel. We’ll let Nimerfroh explain how they got there:
“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,” Nimerfroh wrote in an email. “What resulted was perfect, dreamy, slush waves. Most waves were around 2 feet with some larger sets slushing through around 3 foot or waist high.”
— Stay Wild (@staywildmag) February 25, 2015
Speaking of things that shouldn’t be able to freeze over though, these images remind us of the time Niagara Falls almost did the same thing last year:
But hey, at least there’s only 21 days until spring!