Coverage of the airplane tragedy near Buffalo NY included imagery from Google Earth and from the street view of Google Maps, making me wonder if they had discernible views of my own house. So I checked and found a satellite view of my house on Google Earth.
When I zoomed in, I had to laugh. The satellite image of my neighborhood showed a verdant area -- except for my own lawn. We installed a sprinkler system a couple of years after the image that Google shows, taken in 2005.
Look closely, and you'll see that all of our neighbors obviously watered their lawns regularly. Our lawn, by contrast, is brown.
I suppose we could claim that we were the green household in the neighborhood, not wasting precious water on living up to golf course standards. Does this mean that brown can be green? In any event, Google Earth lays bare the story of our barren lawn.