Water & Light…a photo essay by Jennie Greencorn

Jennie Greencorn is spectacular!  I can say that for sure and know I could get at least a hundred people inside a minute to stand up and say “amen” to that statement...and thousands more would follow.  In addition to having been a licensed practical nurse and a youth counsellor, she now runs the local arena, plus a just-launched business and is always a mom to three awesome kids – she does everything from fundraising to event planning and more in her hometown of Canso, NS.  She is fun and funny, grounded and gifted - full of spirit and grace.  She is so much to so many – but no more to anyone than her husband Troy Greencorn.  I asked him to write the intro to her awesome photo piece and he welcomed the opportunity.  I am grateful to them both for their contributions. SABS


Troy & Jennie Greencorn

Troy & Jennie Greencorn

Jennie grew up in Canso, Nova Scotia. We both dreamed of moving back home after university, starting our careers and raising a family in the safe and nurturing community we both grew up in. Jennie has a passion for photography and a great eye. Her talent is completely natural, with no formal training and only modest equipment. Her subjects truly reflect her love of nature, her community and our children. The landscapes in Jennie's pictures allow viewers a window into the incredible beauty of where we live. They make me homesick when I'm away from home. A great picture should invoke emotion – hers surely do that. I love all that she captures. Troy Greencorn

WATER & LIGHT  by Jennie Greencorn

I am a seventh generation Cansonian on both my mother and fathers’ side of the family. I have lived in Canso the majority of my life with the exception of a few years for post secondary education. My roots run deep. I have basically always lived on the water and feel drawn to the tides and the rough weather that comes with living on the eastern coast.  I think it shapes the character of the people that live here. I take pictures as a hobby. I don’t claim to be an expert; I just enjoy it.

Canso_harbour by photo by Jennie Greencorn

This photo was taken on an early June morning walk of the Canso harbour. The area is affectionately known as Irishtown. I grew up here and spent most of my childhood swimming in these waters.  I now watch my daughter swimming off the same wharf.

rsz__7_brae_prospect_ns photo by Jennie Greencorn

This photo is of my daughter Brae kayaking on a lake in Prospect at sunset during summer vacation.

 little_dover_ photo by Jennie Greencorn

These photos were taken of Jim Rhynold’s wharf  at sunrise in Little Dover, a small fishing village just outside the Town of Canso.

 little_dover_ photo by Jennie Greencorn

You can’t tell from this picture but the chairs were all painted different colours and the bench was tole- painted. A classic fisherman’s shed.

 Fox-Island-Sunset photo by Jennie GreencornThe first year of the folk festival (1997) we started bringing the kids camping at this gorgeous campground just outside town called Seabreeze.

Christopher was 2 years old, Connor 10 months, and I was pregnant for Brae that summer. We spent the following ten years camping here. It was our home away from home. We did a lot of festival “debriefing” there.

The evenings were full of amazing sunsets like this one.

I love this picture. It is a reminder of my childhood when Canso was a thriving fishing port.  As a young girl, from my bedroom window, I could hear the boats leaving the harbour in the early morning for their catch, in rough weather I could hear the clanging of the buoys, the blare of the foghorn and see the rays of light from Cranberry Light(house) hit my wall at regular intervals.

Early Morning Canso Sunrise with Lobster Boat photo by Jennie Greencorn

The community now thrives on the lobster, crab and tuna fishery. This photo was taken at the tail end of lobster season this year, at the head of the Canso tickle. JG


  1. What a great photo essay of a charming fishing village here on the Authentic Seacoast. Jennie truly captures the spirit and beauty of the area with her camera and her words.

    Comment by Authentic Seacoast Resorts — September 15, 2010 @ 10:21 am

  2. Wow makes me happy to see such fine work getting recognition. You should be very proud Jennie.

    Comment by Lucy — September 15, 2010 @ 12:39 pm

  3. So very proud as always to call you my Daughter

    Comment by Emily Lumsden — September 15, 2010 @ 1:06 pm

  4. I didn't see your pictures till a few months ago on Facebook and I was so impressed at their quality. I'm glad to see that you are receiving this recognition ... keep up the awesome work!

    Comment by Mary Cook — September 15, 2010 @ 2:29 pm

  5. Wonderful article & amazing photos, I have two of Jennie's photos on my living room wall to remind me of home everyday. You have a natural eye Jen and a wonderful heart!

    Comment by yvonne kelso — September 15, 2010 @ 6:51 pm

  6. Wonderfully evocative photos. Makes me yearn for Canso, Little Dover and Stanfest. Keep it up, Jennie!

    Comment by Rick Wilcosh — September 15, 2010 @ 10:16 pm

  7. Jenny
    You make me miss Canso too, very inspiring, thanks.

    Comment by Anne Christie — September 18, 2010 @ 9:12 am

  8. Great photos Jennie. Hope the next series will be of the FOG in Canso.I love how the fog rolls in like you could set your watch by it.Reminds me of growing up in Sheet Harbour.

    Comment by Gary Quillan — September 20, 2010 @ 10:07 pm

  9. For years I have known that this was a beautiful and talented lady but only recently did I learn of her artistic skills with a camera. On seeing these photos I realize the true abilities she has and the 'eye' for the subject that she developed. I am so glad that she shared her talents with us all.

    Comment by Dan MacDonald — September 23, 2010 @ 11:22 pm

  10. Beautiful shots, Jennie! Thanks for showing us how much you love your Town through your camera lens.

    Comment by Susan — July 4, 2011 @ 2:00 am

  11. Where was I that this all got to be a year old.Congratulations on the accolades Jenny Wren
    and hope your blessings in life are endless.

    Comment by Janet — July 6, 2011 @ 11:40 am

  12. Your photos are gorgeous Jennie...how blessed are you to be able to live and raise your family in Canso. My heart bleeds to go back. I may have to scoop up a little piece of the place for a summer home. Hugs....Jeannie

    PS. Thanks for picture and the plant...Pray for the plant ;o)

    Comment by Jeannie Fraser — July 7, 2011 @ 10:31 pm

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