Reader Carole Martin told The Herald Gazette a story she thought typified the inventiveness of Mother Nature, after she spotted a pumpkin growing in a tree.

Shaw Avenue resident David Vanorse said he tried for years to grow a jack-o-lantern for his granddaughter.

“Now this popped up,” he said, pointing to a large pumpkin that hangs about five feet up in a tree. The vine, which comes from his neighbor’s garden, is full of blossoms and young fruit that is beginning to turn orange as fall approaches. Vanorse said he hopes the pumpkin will ripen before it chokes the tree, the black berries of which feed birds all winter long.

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