Simon Bolyn's 2016 Year

Today's blog is about N49's Simon Bolyn and what his 2016 year looks like. This week we are providing awareness to all our existing and new clients about what our instructors are up to in 2016.

Meet Simon Bolyn!

It’s winter here in Quebec and the snowy owls have migrated in, I spend my free time photographing Owls in the winter while guiding private clients to view the majestic white ghost of the fields.

The odd year we are lucky to have a small population of Great Grey Owls visit us. Sometimes I have to travel far distances to see them but it’s worth the drive every time. If Eastern Canada is lucky, we should be seeing an irruption next year. Keep your wings crossed!

As we head into spring I travel south before the big migration begins. Spending time in the Florida swamps, ponds and lakes has provided great birding opportunities for me. In 2017 I plan to create daily workshops taking clients to locations I have visited annually for many years. 

As the spring migration begins I will be offering Saturday AM Common loon workshops in Quebec. Clients who are looking for a perfect opportunity to hear and see a loon up-close will enjoy these beautiful sunlit mornings.  

I believe extensive study of a species over the course of at least a year is necessary to properly develop an understanding of a creature’s traits, mannerisms and character. This long term process helps me to choose how best to present a creature in my works, hoping that this brings a better understanding and appreciation for the environment we share.

Over the course of 2016 I plan to continually explore the eastern part of Canada. In doing so I invite you all to join me on my 2017 workshops capturing images you thought could never happen.

Blue Jay

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Kevin A Pepper

Kevin is a photographer and educator based in Waterloo, Ontario. His first love is photographing nature, regardless of the season or weather condition; the Ontario landscape and its wildlife are his inspiration. But you will also see other styles of photography in his portfolio. From street photography to urban exploration of abandoned buildings and architecture, he loves to capture it all with his camera for his corporate clients and his growing personal portfolio. Kevin’s images have been featured in Canadian Nature Photographer, PHOTONews Canada, Photo Technique Magazine, The London Free Press, The Weather Network, and National Geographic Online. His diverse client list includes the City of Cambridge, Olympus, GORE Mutual, TVO, and African Lion Safari. Kevin also operates “Northof49 Photography”, a company launched in 2012 dedicated to teaching amateur photographers through International and Canadian-based workshops. In the coming year, Kevin will be leading workshops in Iceland, Mongolia, Tanzania, Venezuela, Provence, and numerous destinations across Canada. Website: