Photo: Alligator Soaks It Up

Alligator laying against a log in the sun

Cheré Coen

Our photo of the day comes from southern Louisiana. While some parts of the country may be in the midst of cool gray weather, this alligator seems to have found a nice warm spot in which to soak up some sun, at least for now. Reader Cheré Coen sent us this basking alligator (times two!), and writes: "I took this photo today at Palmetto Island State Park in southern Louisiana, about an hour south of Lafayette. It was warm today but clouds were moving in. Rain comes tonight with cold cold temperatures tomorrow." Would you like to see your nature photo featured as the TreeHugger photo of the day? Join TreeHugger’s Reader Photo Pool on Flickr and add your pictures to the group. Alternatively, send it to with "photo of the day" in the subject line.