On the morning of June 20th, 2015, I wandered into Edwards Garden as the dew still lingered on the grass, in search of the shot above. The tree is a metasequoia (dawn redwood), one of the few deciduous conifers, and a species quite rare here in Toronto. The species was first cataloged by palaeobotanists in 1941, and was declared extinct. A few years later, however, living specimens were located in Lichuan County, China, earning metasequoia the moniker of "living fossil."
What makes this one, on this day, so special has to do with how it came to grow here. The tree was planted in 1960, and the gardener who sunk it in the soil is said to have chosen this specific site so that the tree would be beautifully bathed by the early morning sun on June 20th each year - his wife's birthday.
If you're interested in finding the tree yourself, cross Wilket Creek at the bridge that leads immediately to the path up to the Children’s Centre and Teaching Garden. The tree can be spotted easily at the top of the hill.