Bio

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.

Geography

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.

Work/Life

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.

Education

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.

Memberships

  • 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.