The Bleakest Travel Account on Instagram

Editor’s Note: This article previously appeared in a different format as part of The Atlantic’s Notes section, retired in 2021.

Feeling gloomy and contemplative after a weekend of rain? Pile on with this Instagram account.

Using Google Maps, @sadtopographies finds places around the world named for the worst parts of humanity. Some samples:

Hopeless Pass, California, US #hopless

A photo posted by @sadtopographies on

Disappointment Island, New Zealand #disappointment

A photo posted by @sadtopographies on

Tragedy Pool, Camballin, Australia #tragedy

A photo posted by @sadtopographies on

(Hat tip to my colleague Alan)