This is a picture that looks the other way, towards the main gate to the compound, as compared to this photograph. It looks splendidly green because this is August 2005, immediately after the monsoons in Kerala, and all the trees are in full leaf-bloom. The lawn looks a little rowdy with all the stuff growing up out of it, but I assure you that the cats love it because it gives them some privacy to "do their business". The only question I have for them is, why do you have to do it right out front? :-S
At the moment, it being mid-April during a particularly scorching summer in Kerala and all that, you'd have to imagine this scene with more brown than green. In fact, you can't even see the neighbors house in this picture, but imagine that you can...with about 85% less foliage.