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.

Travel has stirred my soul. I’ve climbed a pyramid in Egypt, watched an eclipse moon rise over Crete, and walked two Camino pilgrimage trails in Spain.

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


In my winding career, I’ve helped lead an environmental education charity. I’ve also worked for an NHL hockey team, a venture capital company, and freelanced in all aspects of business operations. For a few fun years, I even ran my own candy store!

But writing has always been my one, true passion.


I’m a lifelong, curious, experiential learner. I studied briefly at university, but do not have a degree. In my nonprofit life, I earned the niche professional designations CAE and C.Mgr. But I learn best by taking a risk, and following my heart.

Published Works

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

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


  • Federation of BC Writers
  • 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.