My explanation of how these images came to be (recent facebook conversations): 'He had some kind of magical camera-box which he disappeared behind and went under a cloth; everything was upside down and miraculously these images happened.'
His, slightly more helpful, explanation: 'I shot these on a 4X5 view camera with a 6" Darlot Petzval lens. The shallow depth of field and swirly background is a characteristic feature of these antique lenses.'
So there you have it; the truth behind the hocus pocus. What an incredibly peaceful place to have been able to experience. I am very lucky!
Siiiigh... Looking back at these is really making me crave another visit.
So far this year I've stuck mostly to my plan of scheduling in just one short trip per month; plans now include France, Germany, Holland/Netherlands (um...), Norway and possibly Belgium. At some point I might think beyond Europe... Will let you know when I do!