In a favorite area of Yosemite, I like to sit by a bend in the Merced River and watch the reflection of Half Dome glow on the water. A slight breeze causes the surface of the slow moving river to ripple slightly, making Half Dome flicker. A line creases the river’s surface where an underwater sand bar ends and the river drops down to a rocky bottom. The trees reflecting on the surface of the water shimmer with the water's movement. Looking deeper, I see leaves fluttering on the river's bed, moving not to the movement of the air but to the current of the water.
Is the reflection of Half Dome on the water more real than the reflection of light on Half Dome? Without the light, I would not see Half Dome at all. When I see love on the smiling face of my beloved, is that a reflection or real?