There was enough bright light for the pond to pick up reflections. I thought of Saul Steinberg's charming book, "Reflections and Shadows." He believed that a reflection is often more intense than the orignial. I wouldn't say the reflection is more intense, but rather more mysterious. But maybe "intense" and "mysterious" are the same thing.
When Steinberg saw reflections in water, "for fun" he would "throw a stone into the upside-down landscape, and seeing that the lower part moves," he would "almost expect the upper part to move too."