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Posted on June 4th, 2024

The June Pléiades 1 – Pléiades Neo Point of Interest – 2023 Skagit Valley Tulip Festival 

These four satellite images show the various stages of the fields during the growing season. One shows the fields right after they’ve been planted with the rich brown soil and as the bright green blooms are just popping through. The other two photos show the brilliant colors of the tulips as they’ve poked through the ground, creating rows and rows of vivid imagery from above. The parking lots also are populated with vehicles and tiny dots all over are the many guests flocking to the farms. Image one is a 50-cm photo captured by Pléiades P1A on June 26, 2022 over Roozengaarde. Image two is a 30-cm image captured by Pléiades Neo 3 on April 28, 2023 also over Roozengaarde, this time with tulip blooms in full effect! Image three is a 50-cm image captured by Pléiades P1A on June 26, 2022, this time over Tulip Town Garden Center. The final image is the same 30-cm Pléiades Neo 3 captured on April 28, 2023 over ‘flowering’ Tulip Town. These images have custom processing and color balancing applied by Apollo Mapping. PLEIADES © CNES 2024, Distribution Airbus DS.

In May, we looked at The Flower Fields at Carlsbad Ranch in California. This month for the Pléiades 1 – Pléiades Neo Point of Interest, we check out the Tulip Town Garden Center and Roozengaarde at the 2023 Skagit Valley Tulip Festival.

About the Point of Interest: The Skagit Valley Tulip Festival in the state of Washington started as a two-day event in 1984 and has grown to become a month-long event and the largest of its kind in North America. Visitors from around the world come to see the beautiful tulips in bloom and enjoy the festivities. There are art shows, a street fair, parade, a pickleball tournament and more. The festival runs from April 1 to April 30 each spring, but the tulip blooms depend on Mother Nature and the event has a website with a to-the-minute bloom monitor. The Tulip Festival is designed as a driving tour as many events and attractions are miles apart, scattered throughout the lower Skagit Valley.

Fun Factoids: 1) There are four different tulip gardens at farms that are spread out across the Skagit Valley. 2) Tulip Town offers guests 18 acres brimming with more than 50 tulip varieties. 3) Roozengaarde boasts 50 acres with more than 200 different tulip and daffodil varieties. 4) Garden Rosalyn features seven acres blossoming with several different tulip varieties, while Tulip Valley Farms features more than 75 tulip varieties planted across 12 acres. 5) The tulips are generally grown in a 15-mile triangle bordered by Highway 20, the Skagit River, and the Swinomish River Channel. 6) If you’re looking for more than just beautiful tulips from Holland right here in the U.S., pop by A Touch of Dutch, which offers more than 90 types of licorice, a wide selection of European chocolates, gifts, soaps, lotions, and more.

The 50-cm Pléiades 1 High-Resolution Satellite Constellation

The Pléiades 1 constellation (or at least part of it!) has been in orbit since December 2011 and if you have not had a chance to check out any sample imagery, take a few moments and have a look at the gallery on our website. If you work with high-resolution imagery, you should consider Pléiades 1 and Pléiades Neo for your next geospatial projects.

A variety of Pléiades 1 products are available from both a well-established archive and as a new collection, including 50-centimeter (cm) pansharpened imagery and 50-cm panchromatic – 2-meter (m) 4-band multispectral bundles. We are happy to discuss the technical specifications, pricing and tasking options available with both of these satellite constellations.

The 30-cm Pléiades Neo High-Resolution Satellite Constellation

Pléiades Neo is our newest high-resolution satellite constellation. The first Neo satellite went up in April 2021 and the second in August of the same year. This 30-centimeter resolution constellation will add two more satellites in the next few months and upgrade from daily to intraday revisits. Pléiades Neo has six multispectral bands with 1.2-meter resolution, including a deep blue and two infrared bands, along with a 30-centimeter resolution panchromatic band.

The archive is growing every day, and the satellites are available for new collections, making Pléiades Neo the perfect solution for site monitoring. Check out our beautiful sample images in the Pléiades Neo gallery.

More sample images and technical information about Pléiades 1 can be found on our website here; while the same can be found here for the Pléiades Neo constellation.

The Apollo Mapping sales team can answer any questions you might have about Pléiades 1 and/or Pléiades Neo. We can be reached at (303) 993-3863 or

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