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Photography illuminates the winter/spring season at San Francisco art museums

As new technology makes it easier for people to take and share quick snapshots on cell phones and PDAs, it's sometimes hard to remember that photography can still be a deliberate art form. Three of San Francisco's most prominent art museums haven't forgotten, and over the coming months, each will showcase the work of photographers both iconic and emerging. If a picture is worth a thousand words, then these exhibitions speak volumes, and offer a compelling incentive to visit three of the City's most important cultural centers.

The 2008 film festival season kicks off in San Francisco

Though San Francisco winters are relatively mild, sightseeing can sometimes be a bit daunting when the weather occasionally turns grey and the city streets are crowded with bustling umbrellas. However, a rainy day can make the perfect excuse for hiding out in a warm movie theater, and San Francisco is a city bursting with options for film buffs, especially for adventurous ones.

Take a free Salmon Spawning Tour in Redwood National Park

The fish are here, the water conditions are great, and it won't last long! Save the Redwoods League, Redwood National and State Parks, and the North Coast Redwood Interpretive Association are offering free, guided trips to view the annual migration and spectacle of spawning salmon, on Saturdays and Sundays through the end of January.

2008 is the "Endangered Species Big Year" in the Golden Gate National Recreation Area

Stretching from Point Reyes National Seashore, south through the Marin Headlands and parts of San Francisco, to San Mateo County on the Bay Area Peninsula, the Golden Gate National Recreation Area (GGNRA) contains more endangered species that any other national park in continental North America.