Just as the sun is setting in the west and still shining brightly, drive slowly into the main entrance of Brazosport College. Observe the fountain on the east side, and you’ll see a colorful rainbow in the spray.

Tokyo Restaurant has a rooster sitting atop it. You can see it as you pass by on Highway 332. Ever noticed?

A rooster represents courage, prosperity and punctuality. In some cultures, it is thought to scare away the demons of darkness as it announces the dawn.

Sit in the drive-thru at Wendy’s in Lake Jackson and look up at the canopy of trees. The tree trunks have weird shapes. They appear as if they were scared crooked in pre-adolescence and never worked through it.

There is a huge tree in Riggs Oaks that should have met Dr. Pimple Popper. Its bark is blighted with what appears to be a zillion zits. I would think the sight of it should make any teenager less self-conscious about his or her pimples.

During Hurricane Harvey, a Houston TV reporter stood beside a downed tree that appeared to be a mere 10 inches in diameter. She said, “Look at this tree! Strong winds have blown over this massive tree!”

I thought, “Girl, you should come to southern Brazoria County, and we’ll show you what are massive trees.”

We have oak trees of great girth. Notice how colossal are some of them. I watch for the ones that have a large limb paralleling the ground, just the right attachment for a porch swing.

By the way, I have a porch swing in my office in place of the counselor’s couch. A two-year old girl interrupted counseling this week to blurt, “There’s a swing inside this house!”

One reason I’m observant is because thousands of men and women gave their lives for my independence, and I’m ever aware of their sacrifices, ever aware they didn’t get to see what I’m seeing and ever aware I’m privileged to be free to see during the holidays of July 4.

I saw an old photo of the fields that became the City of Angleton, and not a single tree was in sight. Drive through Angleton now, and you’ll see picturesque streets that are tunnels through the shade of great oak tree canopies. So serene.

My middle name is Allon, and Allon means a strong oak. Perhaps that’s a reason why an oak tree doesn’t go unnoticed by me.

Incidentally, my mother had noticed the usage of Allon in the Old Testament, and that’s how she chose my name. The spelling is unusual, and I’ve had to spell it for people all my life … and correct people’s pronunciation. It’s pronounced Alan.

I’m pleased when I see the logo of Lake Jackson. Centered within it is an oak tree with a wide crown.

The tree was sketched by Benita Heard, and it still lives stately on the shore of Jackson Lake, according to information provided by Terri Cardwell, volunteer coordinator of the City of Lake Jackson.

A woman once told me, “Buddy, you need to slow down and smell the flowers.”

Actually, I not only experience the scents and beauty of the flowers, I enjoy the majesty of trees, the rainbow at Brazosport College and all of nature. The beauty our heroes preserved for us is a privilege to have and behold.

Facts correspondent Buddy Scott is director of His Love Counseling Services in Lake Jackson.

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