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    Read the story: For the Salton Sea, imagining the possibilities
    “The North Shore Beach Yacht Club” Mixed media on vellum
    Stephanie Taylor
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    “Egret in Wetland Habitat at the Salton Sea” Mixed media on vellum
    Stephanie Taylor
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    “Salton Sea, Rainy Day Landscape” Mixed media on vellum
    Stephanie Taylor
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    “Reflections” pen, pencil, acrylic on vellum Read the story: Silos of the Valley
    Stephanie Taylor | Special to The Bee
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    “Rice dryer in Nicolaus, constructed 1927” pen and acrylic on vellum
    Stephanie Taylor | Special to The Bee
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    “Chinook Spawning, American River” Pencil and acrylic on vellum
    Read the story: Salmon’s fight for survival in an engineered world
    By Stephanie Taylor | Special to The Bee
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    “Chinook in the Shallows” Pencil and acrylic on vellum
    By Stephanie Taylor | Special to The Bee
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    “Opening the Gates, Nimbus Fish Hatchery” Pencil and acrylic on vellum
    By Stephanie Taylor | Special to The Bee
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    "Offerings and Alter with Red Draped Deities" graphite and colored pencil with acrylic wash. Read the story: Chinese history, tradition preserved in Taoist temple
    Stephanie Taylor Special to The Bee
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    "Temple Bell Wakes the Gods" graphite and colored pencil on vellum
    Stephanie Taylor | Special to The Bee
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    "Lanterns Behind Old Door" graphite and colored pencil on vellum
    Stephanie Taylor | Special to The Bee
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    “In the Kitchen: Waiting for Cook to Return” pencil on vellum
    Stephanie Taylor | Special to The Bee
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    ‘CONFLUENCE RESTORATION SITE’ Mixed media on vellum Read the story: Hot, dry: Just right for native plants
    Stephanie Taylor | Special to The Bee
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    ‘MONARCH & MILKWEED’ Mixed media on vellum
    Stephanie Taylor | Special to The Bee
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    ‘VIEW FROM THE MOWING MACHINE’ Mixed media on vellum
    Stephanie Taylor | Special to The Bee
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    ‘HEADING BACK’ Mixed media on vellum
    Read the story: Point Reyes shellfish bounty faces a shutdown.
    Stephanie Taylor | Special to The Bee
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    ‘MAP OF DRAKES OYSTER FARM AT POINT REYES’ Mixed media on vellum
    Stephanie Taylor | Special to The Bee
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    ‘THE OYSTER FARM ON THE SHORE’ Mixed media on vellum
    Stephanie Taylor | Special to The Bee
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    ‘HARVESTING OYSTERS’ Mixed media on vellum
    Stephanie Taylor | Special to The Bee
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    'CALIFORNIA STATE LIBRARY SPECIAL COLLECTIONS' Mixed media on vellum
    Read the story: Shelves harbor unseen spirits.
    Stephanie Taylor | Special to The Bee
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    'BOOKS' Mixed media on vellum
    Stephanie Taylor | Special to The Bee
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    'RICHARD PRESS' Mixed media on vellum
    Stephanie Taylor | Special to The Bee
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    ‘SWANS WEST OF SUTTER BUTTES’ Mixed media on vellum
    Read the story: Winter birds are a magical partnership of wings and water
    Stephanie Taylor | Special to The Bee
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    ‘FOUR SHOREBIRDS AND ONE DUCK’ Mixed media on vellum
    Stephanie Taylor
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    'SANDHILL CRANES ON STATEN ISLAND' Mixed media on vellum
    Stephanie Taylor
  • Harvester: Chains & Sprockets mixed media on vellum
    Stephanie Taylor
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    'MONARCHS IN THE MORNING' Watercolor and pen on paper
    Read the story here.
    Stephanie Taylor
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    'PACIFIC GROVE SANCTUARY' Watercolor and pen on paper
    Stephanie Taylor
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    'MONARCH MIGRATION MAP' Acrylic and colored pencil on vellum
    Stephanie Taylor
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    ‘GOLF COURSE AT GRIFFITH PARK’ Mixed media on vellum
    Stephanie Taylor
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    ‘MULHOLLAND MEMORIAL FOUNTAIN’ Mixed media on vellum
    California Sketches: Water flows south, aiding a thirst that is boundless
    Stephanie Taylor
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    ‘L.A. RIVER VISTA’ Mixed media on vellum
    Stephanie Taylor
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    "Yolo Ricefields" mixed media
    Read more: Along aqueduct's path, a desert bears fruit
    Stephanie Taylor
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    'VALLEY SILOS' Mixed media
    Stephanie Taylor
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    "Flying Low and Slow over Carp Farms" mixed media
    Stephanie Taylor
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    'FIELD WITH PIPES' Mixed media
    Stephanie Taylor | www.stephanietaylorart.com
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    'THE POMEGRANATE ORCHARD' Mixed media on vellum
    Stephanie Taylor
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    "Fish and Wildlife: Counting on the Delta" Acrylic and colored pencil
    Read more: Tangled Delta's tides ever shifting
    Stephanie Taylor | Special to The Bee
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    "Reflections" Acrylic and colored pencil
    Stephanie Taylor | Special to The Bee
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    "Heron on Freeport Bridge" Acrylic and colored pencil
    Stephanie Taylor | Special to The Bee
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    "Delta Still Life" Acrylic and colored pencil
    Stephanie Taylor | Special to The Bee
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    "Delta Maps: Then and Now" Colored pencil: The Delta resembles a circulatory system. The drawing at left shows it in the early 1800s when it was freshwater wetlands. By the mid-20th century, right, Delta wetlands had shrunk due to agricultural use.
    Stephanie Taylor | Special to The Bee
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    "Houseboats" watercolor pen
    Stephanie Taylor
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    "Delta swallows" watercolor pen
    Stephanie Taylor
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    "Jerry Waterworth, age 94" watercolor pen
    Stephanie Taylor
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    'Shasta Dam looking south' Watercolor and pen on paper
    Read more: Fountainhead of the Valley is found at Shasta
    Stephanie Taylor | Special to The Bee
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    'Headwaters of the Sacramento' Watercolor, pencil and pen on paper
    Stephanie Taylor | Special to The Bee
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    'The Three Shastas' Watercolor, pencil and pen on paper
    Stephanie Taylor | Special to The Bee
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  • The Road to Anghiari: The old Roman Road runs straight up to the top of the hill, past the medieval fortress, still occupied. In Tuscany: Town has vestiges, vistas of ancient times.
    Stephanie Taylor
  • At the very top of Monte Santa Maria di Tiberina, the owner of the cafe rests in the afternoon sun.
    Stephanie Taylor
  • Piazza Del Campo, abbreviated.
    Stephanie Taylor
  • On a hike from hill town to hill town, to quote D.H. Lawrence, "It is the grass of the field, most frail of all things, that supports all life all the time."
    Stephanie Taylor
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    Market day in the rain dampens enthusiasm only slightly.
    Stephanie Taylor
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    From the crest of the hill, looking across the Tiber Valley to the Tiber River that runs all the way to Rome.
    Stephanie Taylor
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    Walking down the impossibly steep main street, I spotted old doors with many keyholes, the keyholes of all the keys that existed before.
    Stephanie Taylor
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    California Sketches The old men of the wall.
    Stephanie Taylor
  • 17 towns in 5 weeks, and yet, slowly.
    Stephanie Taylor
  • Siena in the morning, the shadow of the bell tower moves across centuries of students and families, and then San Gimignano, up at sunrise.
    Stephanie Taylor
  • Medieval arches and fountains form a rich texture in mysterious streets where apartments fill the old fortress in Anghiari.
    Stephanie Taylor
  • Making friends with the cheese lady is critical; her Gorgonzola is best eaten warm and straight.
    Stephanie Taylor
  • A pile of sketches and notes.
    Stephanie Taylor
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    'Winter: Vernal pools at Rancho Seco'
    A vernal pool can provide a hands-on science lesson that will last a lifetime. Read more.
    Watercolor and pen on paper by Stephanie Taylor
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    'Spring: Solitary bee loading pollen at vernal pool'
    Acrylic and pen on vellum by Stephanie Taylor
  • Sketching with the kids at Splash Education Center, Mather Field.
    Sketching with the kids at Splash Education Center, Mather Field.
    By Stephanie Taylor
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    Through the artist's lens: Russ Solomon is an artist coming full circle. His close-up photographs of people's faces reveal character, Stephanie Taylor says of the man who founded Tower Records and influenced popular culture. He is fascinated with people and what he sees reflected in their faces. Read more.
    Stephanie Taylor | Special to The Bee
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    'The Close Up,' Pencil on vellum by Stephanie Taylor
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    River holds beauty and peril

    'What Lies Beneath,' mixed media – watercolor, pen and pencil – on paper. Read more here.
    Stephanie Taylor
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    River holds beauty and peril

    Notebook sketch of Sailor Bar on the American River. Read more here.
    Stephanie Taylor
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    River holds beauty and peril

    Notebook sketch of American River rapids. Read more here.
    Stephanie Taylor
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    The architecture of flying

    "Making Connections," acrylic and pencil on vellum. Read more here.
    Stephanie Taylor
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    The architecture of flying

    "The Approach," acrylic and pencil on vellum. Read more here.
    Stephanie Taylor | Special to The Bee
  • Bridging east and west, old and new

    The self-anchoring suspension superstructure, acrylic and pencil on vellum. Read more here.
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  • Bridging east and west, old and new

    The gap, acrylic and pencil on vellum. Read more here.
    Stephanie Taylor | Stephanie Taylor
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    Bridging east and west, old and new

    'At the Edge,' Acrylic and pencil on vellum. Read more here.
    Stephanie Taylor
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    Reincarnation of Alcatraz in bloom

    "Rose Terrace," watercolor, pen. Read more here.
    Stephanie Taylor
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    Reincarnation of Alcatraz in bloom

    "Cellhouse Slope Gardens." Read more here.
    Stephanie Taylor
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    Reincarnation of Alcatraz in bloom

    "Warden's Garden." Read more here.
    Stephanie Taylor
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    Almond orchard is sacrificed in cycle of life on family farm

    "The Orchard," mixed media – watercolor, pen and pencil – on paper. Read more here.
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