One night in October (in Kaunas, Lithuania) I woke up at 4:00am. I was trying to decide if I should use the bathroom or go back to sleep. As I returned to the bedroom I saw this wonderful view out the kitchen window. I really liked the illuminated window across the neighbor’s rooftop and the smoke coming out of the chimney; and since my eyes were adjusted to the dark, I could see the big dipper, too.

I laid awake in bed thinking of the view and after 20 minutes decided to get up again to take a few photos. By this time the illuminated window was dark, and there was no more smoke coming out the chimney. I had more opportunities to study the rooftops and lighting at night. This drawing is pretty close to what I saw in October. It was worth getting up for.

  • Year 2011