Some sneak peeks:
The uppermost pond is built at the edge of a slope...not the most natural place for a pond. Throughout my planning, I've struggled with how best to make this look like a naturally occurring pond. Building up the slope seems pretty unrealistic to me...and, after sitting at the edge of the pond on the slope side, I've realized there is a wonderful benefit to having the slope there. I can sit right at the water's edge without sitting on ground level. This also allows for great chances for some good photos.
So, I think I've got a fairly good plan on how to incorporate rocks on the slope which will lend a more natural look while providing a natural "steps" which will allow me access to the water's edge. After moving my mini-boulder and some other large rocks, I decided to stop and study the area some more. This is a long-term project, but I'm happy to be making progress.
Hopefully, no more adjustments will be needed on these rocks, however, after studying it, I may very well have to rework them. Either way, a lot more will have to be added to make this as I envision it: