One interesting thing we have noticed this year is not the only the huge variation in fruit size - more than in normal years - but some tiny fruit darkening well before it has reached full size. This happens next to fruit that is still green but much bigger. We are guessing it is related to the drought. Also note the ash on these olives, from the Rey fire.
A glimpse beyond the orchard: Figueroa Farms driveway, distant vineyards and hills.
These two olives seem to mirror each other as a perfect example of the uneven ripening process.