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Ice Cave

the-ice-cutters 1911 Natalia Goncharova.

Carefully cut ice

precise like building blocks

precious preserver


Precious preserver

stored in mountain ice caves

awaiting summer


Awaiting summer

when mules labour to the coast

to bring fresh fishes


Image The Ice Cutters, 1911, Natalia Goncharova

This picture immediately reminded me of the Ice Caves found near the mountain villages in this part of Spain.  I have explored one of them in Vall de Gallinera, no sunlight ever penetrated. They stored ice for Summer and would still have been in use into the 1950s as there was no electricity in these remote areas.