karinhedetniemi at gmail dot com

A little bit about my life’s journey…so far.

I photograph and write about nature, place, quiet inspirations, and being human.

I am made by love and transformed by loss. I bring all that pain and joy forward into the life I’m creating now.


I’ve been shaped by the landscapes where I’ve lived: Michigan, Iowa, Virginia, Washington, British Columbia, and Alberta.

Now I live on Vancouver Island, British Columbia, filling my senses with west coast beauty.


In my former life, I was the business and human resources director for an environmental education charity.

Writing has always been my one, true passion.


I do not have an MFA, or any university degree, although I did earn my CAE and C.Mgr. professional designations.

I’m a lifelong, curious, experiential learner.

Published Works

My online writing space, A Golden Hour, was born on October 2, 2014. Read my first post I Am Here.

My first literary publication was at age 55, with Sky Island Journal. That essay went on on to win the 2020 Nonfiction Contest from the Royal City Literary Arts Society.

In addition to this blog, you can read my published writing portfolio here and view my published photography here.


  • Access Copyright
  • Victoria Writers’ Society
  • Royal City Literary Arts Society
  • Haiku Canada
  • And of course, Planet Earth

Land Acknowledgment

I would like to acknowledge the traditional unceded lands of the Lək̓ʷəŋən (Lekwungen/Songhees) People, where I live and create. Growing up as an immigrant in Victoria, I never heard the traditional names of the territories. I endeavour now to learn of the Lekwungen/Songheess People’s culture, struggles, and wisdom. I often walk through míqәn (Beacon Hill) where I, too, am “warmed by the sun.” In offering this land acknowledgment, I affirm their history, experiences, spirit, and knowledge.