Monday, January 16, 2012

All Of GonSS In One Photo

Here is all of Garden on Sherlock Street as seen from way, way, way, way, way overhead.  The photo is courtesy of Google who recently updated the satellite images of our area.

After some detective work with fellow employees (yes, we lost some productivity time analyzing the images at work one day), we determined that it was captured...

1) in late August or early September
  • school was in session--we checked out the area schools
  • the trailer being used by the men doing our remodel was parked behind our work place--it arrived about the time school started
  • the trees had not yet started to turn color
2) on a Friday
  • based on one employee's car being in the parking lot--she works Fridays, Saturday and Sundays
3) around noon
  •  based on whose cars were in the parking lot
  •  there being very little shadow
As for GonSS, the forest looks very thick, the locust tree is doing a great job of shading the patio and air conditioner and the little lawn in the front garden which only gets mowed occasionally (and weeded) actually looks green despite the dry growing season last year.  I know you can't tell, but I know which dark areas are the tomatoes, peppers and basil.

I've often wanted to demonstrate the contrast for you between GonSS and our neighbors' gardens.  I think this shows it well.  Other than a couple of small trees in the property to the right of ours, the next door neighbors have only grass.  I imagine the wildlife that finds our garden feeling like they've discovered an oasis.  Actually, that's how we feel about the garden.


  1. A green oasis----lovely even from above!

  2. The forest is beautiful and wow on the change between you and your neighbor's homes. I think trees are so necessary not only for the birds but for us. It's a good aerial shot. All I can ever find of mine are mainly winter shots.

  3. I check periodically for updates on mine and it hasn't changed in over 6 years. Hopefully they get to it soon. Big difference in your yard and the neighbors.
    Cher Sunray Gardens

  4. How fun to have an updated satellite image. A world of difference in you and your neighbor's property. Paradise is right!

  5. I love it! How great that you were able to determine when this image was captured, and how great to be able to see the difference between your yard and the surrounding ones. I imagine a bird flying overhead, looking down, and seeing - as you perfectly describe it - an oasis. Our yard feels that way to us as well.

  6. This is a very interesting view of your home and garden. You did a good job of detective work in determining when the photo was taken. It's easy to see, from the photo, why your garden is an oasis in this area.

  7. Impressive comparison between your yard and your neighbors' yards! Yours looks so inviting, even from far above!

  8. How cool is that!! I'll have to see if I can find my house via google!! We got a new photo of our farm last spring from the areal photographers. .those are always fun too. .we compared it to the one taken 10 years ago. .lots of changes!!

  9. It is a remarkable and beautiful contrast to your neighbors' yards. Did you try zooming in? I'll bet you could get an even closer view.

    On the one hand, it's kind of scary that "they" can do this. On the other hand, it's kind of neat to have access to this view...

  10. Those pictures from Google are fun to look at. We had fun figuring out when ours was taken by the same types of clues you had. What a difference between yours and your neighbors yard, so much greener and lusher.

  11. What a fun post! Your place does look more lush than your neighbors'.


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