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As the Bird Flies

37.0465* N, 121.6547* W

Celebrating the South Bay From the Air

Local photographer and drone operator David Hoftstad (@davidhofstad) captured this beautiful image of Gilroy’s west side. In the foreground rest Dorcisch Family Vineyards vines of Cabernet, Merlot, Syrah, and Malbec, their warehouse, and tasting room. At right, the northeastern tip of Kirigin Cellars vines sit at the base of the foothill. To the left, Uvas Creek flows under the cover of Canyon Live Oak, California Juniper, White Alder and California Buckeye trees, among others. The stunning view looks northeast, capturing the colorful vineyards, lush hills, and a meandering Watsonville Road leading travelers southwest to HWY152 and northeast into Morgan Hill. This area is home to black-tailed deer, coyotes, mountain lions and wild turkeys, as well as quails, newts, lady bugs, butterflies, and hummingbirds. Red-tailed hawks and local fishers scan the water for steelhead trout that occasionallynavigate the creek. One of Gilroy’s msot picturesque areas to visit or pass through via car or motorcycle on your way to somewhere else. The area is a very popular route for local bicycle enthusiasts.

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