Doubtful Sound, Fjordland, New Zealand

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Doubtful Sound, Fjordland, New Zealand – named by Captain Cook, has he was unsure that he could navigate it by sail – and he worried that if he entered, he might not get back out.

Without doubt (pun?), one of the coldest places I’ve ever been in my life. It was July, so Southern Hemisphere winter, in a region that gets 8 metres of rain a year, and I was wearing seven layers on my upper body. Yet, I couldn’t get warm.

But mindblowingly beautiful.

Photo made July 2004

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Writer, photographer, environmental campaigner and "known troublemaker" Dave Walsh is the founder of, described both as "possibly the most arrogant and depraved website to be found either side of the majestic Shannon River", and "the nicest website circulating in Ireland". Half Irishman, half-bicycle. He lives in southern Irish city of Barcelona.