Rushing from place to place trying to fulfill our obligations to one and all, we miss so many beautiful moments and opportunities. I recently made a large delivery to El Dorado Hills to a client who found Eye of the Day through our website. The house reminded me of L’Amorosa in Tuscany, a mini fortress built of stone. The entrance required two of our largest Terrecotte San Rocco Orcios (oil jars). However, rushing this order to meet a deadline, I was not excited about a 14-hour round trip from Santa Barbara to Sacramento. After all, with fear and trepidation, I could have freighted it all including the antique Orcios, but I had a plan that would allow my sense of adventure, my love of horticulture and my need to spend time with South Pasadena’s 2014 Teacher of the Year, my sister Nan, on her much deserved summer break. The plan was to take advantage of being so near to California Highway 49, which goes through California’s Gold Country, and drive back via this scenic byway checking out how things have developed over the last 20 odd years. Then, we could take advantage of the open passes over the Sierra Nevada Mountains to smell the pine sapped air and dip our toes in cool mountain lakes. And because I suffer from a Sisyphus complex, crest the divide and descend the eastern side down to Highway 395 to the Owens Valley (think about the movie Chinatown and you’ll remember the fight for the water from this valley). And here, just 26 miles up, up and up outside of Lone Pine, California was our true destination: the Bristlecone Pine Forest, home to Earth’s oldest living things, trees that are over 4,000 years old. Nature’s longest lasting landscape design in one of the planet’s harshest environments. A 4.5-mile trek at 10,000 feet sucking thin air to be in a landscape of such desolation and beauty. I look at sophisticated, lush, and beautiful landscape designs and gardens every day of my life and the contrast of this magnificent place and its unfathomable significance is seared into my mind’s eye forever. Oh, the places my work takes me!
About Brent Freitas
Brent Freitas spent twenty years in commercial real estate in Los Angeles, and finally decided to leave and do something he loves. He found that something in the garden. Since 1996, he and his wife Suzi have been purveyors of authentic European and fine American garden pottery, statuary and other garden décor through their shop Eye of the Day Garden Design Center in Carpinteria, California.