One of the beautiful things about living in view of the Mississippi River is watching the eagles who live along the river soar and play. Sometimes they just sail past your window. The population seems to increase in the winter months. What is unusual is to see an eagle at rest in a tree. This truly is a rare sight. A few days ago M. Rebecca saw an eagle in a tree close to the horse barn. She ran back to the abbey to get the camera so she could shoot these photos. "it was really big", she described. The wind was blowing rather fiercely and if you look you can see the feathers of the eagle being ruffled.