We started 2018 in many parts (nearly all) of the country with very cold temps.  Here on Long Island, we hit a low of 1 degree above zero and it stayed in single digits for a week or more.  It’s been many years since it was that cold on a sustained basis.  The Great South Bay, a salt water body that lies between the Fire Island barrier island and the mainland of Long Island, froze over nearly completely.  People were walking out on the ice (not really advisable on tidal salt water).  The ocean surf began to build up big ice waves –  I don’t think I’ve ever seen that before.  There was some real beauty brought in with this cold and I, and many others, set about capturing it photographically.  I don’t like the cold but I did enjoy the solitude of these frozen walks.  Everything becomes very quiet and very clear when its this cold.  You truly are in the “moment”.

Frozen Bay. The Robert Moses Causeway bridges contrast against the frozen the bay and marina.  That’s cold!

Frozen Surf!  I don’t recall a time when the ocean surf actually froze over before, although I’m sure it has and I just stayed inside!

Ice Spray.  The surf breaks over a frozen beach front.

One Leg at a Time.  Seagulls and other shore birds stand on one leg to regulate their blood temperature.

Life Abounds!  Life abounds in the Fire Island National Seashore.  Even in the extreme cold, wild animals find a way to survive.  Being out among them as the only human being around is a special opportunity.  You’d have to be crazy to be wondering around at close to zero degrees but I dressed in many layers and mostly stayed warm.

FI Light from Captree Boat Basin.  Once again, I’ve never seen the bay freeze over so nearly completely.

Great South Bay Freeze Out!  The GSB from Sayville.

Sayville Marina, View One.  This is the conventional view, although on a very unconventional evening, standing on the dock.  I have a number of pictures after dark from this spot because I love the way the lamps begin to glow at twilight.  I’d never before seen it with the bay frozen over, however, with light reflecting off the ice surface.

Sayville Marina, View Two.  This is the perspective that normally would require you to wade about 10-12 feet into the water.  This particular evening I just walked out on the ice!