The Rhine's flood was receding, leaving behind large puddles, and these in turn were partly frozen over.
This particular one, covering a field and an area for horses, had assumed the character of a small lake. Waterfowl like ducks, gulls, and geese milled on its shore, and its surface was rippled by the wind.
A minor height difference caused water to run over an asphalt path from one small lake to the other—a shallow waterfall. Disks of ice clung to low branches, floating in the air.
The sheep seemed snug and warm.
The Rhine promenade was still completely under water and inaccessible.
These little birds had half-buried themselves in the warm dirt, which they threw up in the air upon themselves.