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VOLUME 4, ISSUE 10 | NOVEMBER 2013 Publisher | Editor In Chief Nina Stanley Executive Art Director Shaun Drees Fashion Editor Dali Hernandez Photographer| Photo Editor Lisa Sibley Contributing Photographers Joel Cocker John Kantor Don Shepherd XOPIXO Media Consultants Tallia Keene Milinda O’Daniel Erica Turchin IT | Social Media Director Jason Longo
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lyde Butcher has earned recognition as the foremost landscape photographer in the United States. Documentary filmmaker Ken Burns has described him as “a national treasure.” Butcher is a Florida resident best known for his large-format, black and white landscapes of Florida’s wilderness areas and his commitment to save Florida’s fragile environments through greater awareness. The exhibition, organized by the South Florida Museum, Bradenton, includes 35 photographs varying in size from 8 x 14 in. to 5 x 8 ft. accompanied by contextual panels and quotes. Interpretive panels on the Loxahatchee Wildlife Refuge and the Everglades, along with a first edition copy of The River of Grass by Marjory Stoneman Douglas, and two video components, including a documentary with Clyde and Niki Butcher, enhance the visitor’s understanding of the conservation themes in the exhibition. Programming for Clyde Butcher’s Florida Photographs - Preserving Eden has
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cannot believe it’s already November! Thanksgiving is a few weeks away and Christmas right there after. I’m not sure if it’s just me, but this year has gone by faster than any year I can remember. When we’re young, time moves so slowly and as we get older, one year feels like it was only yesterday. Children look at everything in amazement and with curiosity and we as adults, sometimes forget to notice and appreciate the little things. My mom who is 85 years young opened my eyes to this a few days ago. We were sitting in her doctor’s office near a window and she said to me, “look how beautiful that tree is.” I looked at the tree and then her, tears came to my eyes. I thought to myself, why don’t I notice things like this anymore? It’s because we are all moving too fast and not appreciating what’s truly important. I hope that everyone can experience what I experienced and be thankful not only on Thanksgiving but every day of the year. I wake up every morning and I start my day with thanks and gratitude for everything and everyone. Our beautiful cover is the winner of a contest we ran this past summer, “Make Me Look Like a Super Model” sponsored by LaPosh Salon and Panache Vue’. The beautiful Natasha Borno has an amazing story and her photo shoot was over the top thanks to Andrew Ashton, Steven Anderson, Shey Gourley and the most awesome fashion photographer, Bryan Kasm! Take a peek on pages 18-21. We are always proud to sponsor local events within Tampa Bay. Please support one or all of these coming up Chillounge Night The Ultimate Outdoor Lounge Party on November 23rd, St. Petersburg Straub Park. Come enjoy live music, food, a fashion show and fireworks display to benefit Creative Clay and The Woodson Museum. Reserved seating options at www.chilloungenight.com, hope to see you there! Ken Walters’ Annual Seaboard Seafood Festival Saturday November 30th from 11AM-6PM and Sunday December 1st from noon til 4PM. Knight’s Point on Harbour Island Downtown Tampa. For more information call 813.251.0500. We would love to hear from you! Email us at email@example.com with story ideas, suggestions or events you feel we should be a part of. Don’t forget to “Like” us on Facebook at www. facebook.com/Panachevue and follow us on Twitter at www.twitter.com/Panachevue. Enter our contests and read featured articles from our industry experts in our magazine and on our website at www.panachevue.com. Most of all please support all of the advertisers and organizations within the pages of Panache Vue’!
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in the skin thus helping to prevent wrinkles. Testosterone also adds muscle back into the body, so women notice a more toned and defined figure. All this plus more energy and the desire to be more active are results of adding testosterone back to the body. Women find the strength and endurance they once had. Sexual apathy is another side effect of menopause. Lack of sexual desire is one of the most obvious effects of low testosterone. Estrogen replacement can help by decreasing menopausal symptoms and by moisturizing vaginal tissues. But libido is the primary responsibility of testosterone. When adding testosterone to hormone replacement therapy, women experience a reawakening of sexual desire, which can throw their sex life into full throttle!
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Men also suffer a type of midlife physical change called “Andropause”. Their bodies reduce the production of testosterone, which affects their bones, organs, brain and libido, just as in women. In men, symptoms of low testosterone are typically a decrease in muscle mass, an increase in belly fat (may be referred to as a “beer belly”) along with fatigue and a disinterest in life. Instead of the vibrant and motivated person he once was, he may now become tired or withdrawn with little energy, no desire to exercise, or other activities he used to enjoy. Adding to the disinterest in life, his libido and performance also declines; so emotionally he doesn’t feel like the strong, virile man he once was. He sense of well
being has been lost. Testosterone is truly a life source to the male body. As in the female, it is important for heart health. A recent study of 2500 men showed that those with the lowest testosterone level had the greatest arterial blockage. That study also showed that men with higher baseline levels of testosterone had less cardiovascular disease and that supplementing with testosterone prevented worsening of cardiovascular disease. Decreasing diabetes, reducing obesity, raising lean body mass, and protecting against heart attacks and progression of heart disease are some of the effects that testosterone therapy can have in the male body. A study from the Annals of Internal Medicine actually demonstrated that men with higher levels of testosterone lived the longest. If those studies and statistics are not enough to encourage any middle-aged man to seek bio-identical hormone replacement therapy, we can look at libido. When men fear that an erection will not last as long as they need, or are fearful of having sex without the aid of the little blue pill, they need to be evaluated for testosterone therapy. The important key to testosterone therapy is to never use the synthetic hormone. Bio-identical hormones are metabolically identical to those the body makes naturally. By replacing hormones with bio-identical, the body responds as it did when it was younger and naturally making the hormones. Am I saying that testosterone is the body’s answer to aging? What I am saying is that when we are young, we are generally stronger, leaner and healthier. As we age, we tend to be more fragile and suffer ill health. One main difference is the hormones our body makes. If we replace, balance and optimize our natural hormones to a level our body needs to feel great, we can view our golden years in a healthier light.
“Menopause, Andropause - I turn 40 and my whole body “pauses”? What is happening to me?” This is a question I get asked as people start into “mid-life”. Both women and men have physical changes that are occurring, and most people think this is a natural part of aging and they just accept they are getting older and this is the way life should be. Nothing could be further from the truth. What is really happening is that the body (both women and men) slows down the production of hormones that keep our body and mind healthy and vital. One of the hormones that is vital to our bones, organs, and brain, as well as our libido, is testosterone. Typically we think of this hormone as more important in the male; however, studies have shown that it is very important to women as well. Testosterone is made in the ovaries along with estrogen and progesterone. What is its value for women? Bone density is a huge value that testosterone brings to women. We have a construction crew of cells that work together to either build or tear down bone. Without adequate testosterone, the cells reabsorb more bone than is being made. Thus the bones become more fragile and brittle. When hormones are added back into the female body, there is a remarkable increase in bone density. Doctors are finding that available testosterone can be a predictor of height loss and vertebral fractures. Protecting the heart and cardiovascular system is another role of testosterone for women. It improves cardiac output so energy levels are higher and you feel better. Studies have shown that it can improve good cholesterol and lower triglyceride levels. We can potentially prevent or reduce the seriousness of heart disease by treating with hormone replacement therapy – that is exciting news! Another benefit of testosterone in women is the revitalization of skin texture. It increases collagen content and elasticity
César A. Lara, M.D. is a Board Certified family physician and a leading expert in the field of medicine, the treatment of obesity, and weight loss management. For more than 20 years, it has been Dr. Lara’s passion to become a positive force in America’s ever-growing obesity crisis…one patient at a time. Dr. Lara’s dream of helping men and women overcome diabetes, hypertension, high cholesterol, and other chronic conditions related to obesity was realized with the emergence of the César A. Lara, MD; Center for Weight Management as a premier weight loss center in Tampa Bay. A graduate of the University of Iowa, Carver College of Medicine, Dr. Lara is known for his strong personal faith and his generous contributions to the Tampa Bay community. Dr. Lara regularly appears on television as a medical contributor to Brighthouse Network’s Bay News 9 en Español and WTSP-TV Studio 10. He frequently participates in corporate health fairs promoting an active lifestyle and healthy weight loss options. He is the founder of St. Michael’s Free Clinic and Weight Away Tampa Bay, charitable organizations that provide free medical treatment to those who cannot afford it.
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he Westchase Charitable Foundation is excited to announce the Grand Finale Ladies’ Night Out, at 6pm on November 23rd, 2013, at the Tampa Jet Center. This gala event will bring together the best and brightest of Westchase and Tampa Bay for a fashion show, great food and drink, a charity silent auction, and the announcement of WCF’s Tampa Bay Woman of the Year recipient. The Woman of the Year competition supports the Westchase Charitable Foundation’s mission of providing support for area families in need. This year’s candidates are: Kelly M. Albanese; Melea Blaskovich; Heather Calvin; Julie Anderson Careccia; Erica Howell; Charlotte Israel; Ashley Johnson; Bobbie Y. Kingsbury; Kelly Knobl; Shawni Meehan; Adriana Mejia; Maria Mastriano-Nugent; Sarah Jon Porreca; Karyn Roeling; Lisa Sabina; Sandy Sembler; Jacquie Stovern; Deborah Tucker; Vien Vongsyprasom. Community supporters are encouraged to visit www.tampabaywoman.org to learn more about the candidates and to purchase tickets. Sponsorships and event tickets will be credited to a selected candidate, and will help determine who is named Tampa Bay Woman of the Year! The Foundation is seeking a Title sponsor and calling for more restaurants to get involved. For more information, contact Trey Corish at 813-545-8122. The Grand Finale Ladies’ Night Out is already sponsored by a number of community-minded enterprises including Salon Lofts, Tampa Bay Lightning, Lending Luxury, Dyan and Jason Pithers of Coldwell Banker, Nasatka Security, Think Tank Consulting, Strategic Management Arts, Mercedes Benz of Tampa, Catch23, Zen Bistro, SavvyCard and Carrabba’s. WCF is a 501(c)3 non-profit public charity that relies on fundraising to support those who have a family member battling a serious illness or assisting people in the community and beyond who are faced with a personal tragedy. The organization is managed solely by volunteer members that donate their time, money and energy to help raise funds. Media Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org www.westchasefoundation.org
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Larry Lieberman, D.D.S.
t’s that time of the year – shopping, shopping, stressing about shopping and then more shopping! Are you one of those people that plans out a strategy early in the year or are you a last minute shopper? My wife, Debbie is the organized planner and myself , guilty as a last minute shopper. I propose looking for a family dentist can be a similar experience. It can either be a frantic, emergency driven last minute experience or a thoughtful, planned search for a great dentist who will care for you
and meet all of your dental needs. Today more than ever there are many treatment options available and places to go to receive treatment. I’m sure there are times these choices seem overwhelming. We now know that your dental health is directly related to your overall health. Choosing a dentist is more than just finding someone to clean your teeth. It’s finding the right dentist and staff that will care for you and your teeth and keep you healthy for a lifetime. Making an informed, wise decision is difficult. There are a lot of choices availableplease consider these questions when making your decision: • Does the dentist seem compassionate and caring. Does he listen to your needs. • Does he educate you and give you all of the options available. • Does he have wonderful credentials with many affiliations and continuing education • Is there a highly trained staff and hygiene team eager to help you maintain your dental health • Does the office offer a variety of services • Does the office appear fresh, clean and up on all the latest technology • Is the staff friendly & caring and do they make
you feel welcome • Is the office environment warm, calm and serene • Is the office insurance friendly and helpful with other financial options • Are you treated as a unique individual- not just a number Our office offers a wide range of dental and smile solutions, many with immediate results. We cater to maintaining the dental care for your entire family. Even if you are afraid of the dentist we have manysolutions including sedation to help make your visit more comfortable. For more than 25 years I have devoted my entire practice to Cosmetic, Laser, Implant and Family dentistry. My goal has always been to help people achieve the smile that they’ve always wanted. If there is something that you have always wanted to change about your smile, this is the time to do it. Take the time to ask the right questions. I would like to personally invite you to visit our newly redesigned website WWW.DENTIST-LIEBERMAN.COM or call 727-785-8017 and ask for your complimentary examination. You deserve it! Wishing you good health during this holiday season! Dr. Larry Lieberman
WE ARE SO GRATEFUL TO LIVE AND WORK IN SUCH A WONDERFUL COMMUNITY! We thank you for your continued loyalty and support and wish you a very happy and healthy holiday season! Proudly providing state of the art, compassionate dentistry since 1984.
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THE LOSS OF A PARENT How do I adjust to losing the one person who never let me down and has been there my whole life?
BY AUDREY MABREY
rom the moment we first enter the world we look to our parents for everything. Their role is all encompassing as we need them to bathe us, feed us, provide shelter, protect us, and most of all saturate us with unconditional love. They are the center of our universe and they help us navigate through our world as we grow. So, if the level of importance of their presence in our lives is infinitely high, how can we adjust to losing them when that time comes? The issue of bereavement is one that is often the most confusing and gut wrenching for any of us to navigate through. Making it even more difficult is the fact that with any other loss we might lean on our parents for support as we always have in the past, only this time it is them whom we’ve lost. I’ve heard some describe the first few days as feeling as though there were on autopilot and others have felt immediately struck by grief so much so that they can’t function or accomplish the simplest task without great effort. Despite the fact that we all cope with the loss of a parent differently we still have one thing in common. We now have to navigate through our world without them. Although we may not have our beloved Mother or Father to share our greatest accomplishments with or lean on for wisdom, we are still surrounded by family and friends. Just as you would want to support them in their time of need, they want to do nothing more than support you in yours. Reach out to them and share your innermost feelings. Talking about it always helps and talking about your memories of them is part of what keeps them alive in your heart. Additionally, you may need to discuss those feelings of grief with a professional. A counselor or psychologist are masters of navigation and what they can assist you with is discovering what it is that is affecting you the most and then help you work through it. Life is about many things but I for one believe that it is a journey filled with experiences that we are meant to gain wisdom from and then pass on. Death however is a harsh reality because it reminds us that none of us are immortal and that our day to shall come. I further believe that losing someone you love is often harder for us who remain here in the physical world because it is us who misses them and not them who misses us. As far as we know they are in heaven and having a blast!
Take comfort in knowing that your Mother or Father are resting in peace and that they had a fulfilled life. They might not have accomplished every dream they had but they were able to at the very least raise an incredible human being to pass on the wisdom that they gained on their journey through life. YOU are part of their legacy! Remember that part of being a parent is always wanting your child to be happy and live a “better” life than you did. This means that they would never want you to stop living or to be heartbroken about their passing. After all, they’re the ones who filled your heart with love from the very beginning. I wish you all the best as you embark on this part of your journey and find healing. Warmest Regards, Audrey Suggested Reading: Losing Your Parents, FindingYourself If any of you reading this have a question about life, love, family, work, or faith please email me at AskAudrey30@outlook.com I look forward to hearing from you.
In November of 2009 Audrey Mabrey was attacked by her estranged husband and nearly lost her life. Since then she has become an advocate and public speaker and travels around the world sharing her story in the hopes of raising awareness and inspiring others to believe in themselves.
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hen it comes to timeless hair styles, the classic bob is one that reappears in magazines and on runways year after year. The bob can work with any face shape as it can be customized with layers if needed and it works with virtually any hair texture. Looks from the fabulous “flapper” era have become popular this year with movies like “The Great Gatsby,” and that is when the bob was originally created. So, this latest trend showcases a long, layered bob that can be worn wavy or straight. By adding layers to a one-length bob, you create more movement and texture. This will also work great for curly hair as the layers allow for the weight to be distributed evenly. A quick and simple way to style the naturally wavy bob is by smoothing out just the top layer, as it can look just as good as if you had taken time to style out the entire head. Since we are still seeing a lot of wavy styles, this is versatile and can be very easy transitioning from straight to wavy or vice versa. The other great thing about the bob style is it has the ability to grow out wonderfully without drastically changing shape. So if you are in the mood for a classic change, let the experts at La Posh Salon create the perfect bob for you today! 727-726-1600
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DIFFERENCE A YEAR MAKES
The title can have so many meanings, but to Natasha Borno who graces this month’s cover and within these pages, it means the world!
his past summer LaPosh Salon along with Panache Vue’ magazine ran a contest called “Make Me Look like a Super Model.” With so many entries and great stories, it was very difficult to choose one winner. The day Natasha received the call from Andrew Ashton, owner of LaPosh Salon notifying her that she had been chosen, words cannot describe how she felt. The only thing she knew was that she would receive a complete makeover, she just didn’t know how much of a makeover! I also called to congratulate her and let her know she would appear on our cover and in a spread. The morning of the shoot is when she told us that she was one year cancer free. None of knew from her entry that she even had cancer; we just knew she was special. The day began with hours of hair, make-up and wardrobe. During this entire day, we all watched as Natasha was transformed and began to feel more and more comfortable in front of the camera. With three of the very best hair, make-up and wardrobe stylists primping on her all day long, she looked like a super model! She was already in our eyes, a beautiful person, inside and out. Now, everyone can get to learn a little bit more about this beautiful and courageous young woman.
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Panache: Why did you enter our “Make Me look Like a Supermodel Contest?” Natasha: I thought it’d be a fun experience. I was a few months out of chemotherapy treatment and figured, “this is a chance to show that I’m doing well.” Last September I did a photo shoot on a whim, and less than a week later I was diagnosed and hospitalized. So those pictures mark the old me, and these pictures could mark the new me. I also saw this as a chance to break from my usual “keep it simple” routine and transform--even if just for a day. Panache: How did you learn of the contest and did you think you had a chance at winning? Natasha: I saw the ad while flipping through Panache. I hoped I would win, but when the deadline passed and I hadn’t heard anything I cut my losses and moved on. Somehow, Andrew Ashton’s email about me winning went to my Junk mail folder. I was so happy when I stumbled on it, and even happier when I 20
found out I’d be on the cover! Panache: Tell us a little bit about yourself. Natasha: I’m a daughter, sister to two great brothers, and a freelance writer who was diagnosed with leukemia just over a year ago. Luckily this journey has given me much more than it’s taken away. I’ve ran two 5Ks since then, and I’ve seized other worthwhile opportunities, including this makeover contest. Panache: What is your normal hair/ makeup regimen? Do you wear makeup daily; do you spend a lot of time on your hair every day or only for special occasions? Natasha: I wear minimal makeup (eyeliner and shadow, blush, lipstick) for special occasions. Otherwise my face is bare with some lip gloss. I have sensitive skin, so less works best for me. My hair is very low maintenance. I wash and go. Now I have a mini afro, but even when my hair
was past my shoulders, I preferred wearing it in a bun. Panache: Do you keep up with the latest hair and makeup trends or are you like most women who are somewhat afraid to try new things and just don’t know where to begin? Natasha: I’ve always been a bit afraid to overdo makeup and end up looking artificial, but I enjoy seeing the latest styles and all the fashion TV shows like What Not to Wear and Project Runway. Panache: Are there any supermodel(s) that you admire and wished you could look like if even for a day? Natasha: In high school I tried to model my hair and makeup like Tomiko Fraser’s. She and Iman are gorgeous! Panache: What has this experience been like for you? Is it everything you dreamed it would be? Did you learn any tricks of the trade that you might incor-
porate into your hair and makeup routine? Natasha: It was a transformation. I had to break from my shell to get into the character of Andrew’s vision. Steven’s makeup art was so exquisite that I don’t think I can replicate his work, and I’d need a fancy occasion to do so! However, I may use Brian’s signature “hop into frame” pose for future photos. :-) Panache: Once the camera started rolling, what was going through your mind? Natasha: Believe it or not, I was still wondering, “Do I look good?” because I looked so different from my usual self! Thank goodness I eventually relaxed and enjoyed the change. And in the end I realized the team had given me exactly what I wanted: a break from routine.
Panache: Was the entire experience what you thought it would be? Natasha: I knew the experience was a great opportunity, but only in the moment did the magnitude sink in. I’m so thankful to Nina, Steven, Andrew, Shey and Bryan--everyone who made this possible. Because it’s more than a makeover: It’s a blessing to celebrate my one-year anniversary in this way! These pictures show what one cancer and chemotherapy survivor looks like. We’re out there putting on brave faces like everyone else. I hope that anyone in the middle of a storm can see these pictures and know that their happy ending will come, too. Panache: What three words come to mind when you saw yourself on the cover? Natasha: Happiness, strength, and glamour.
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cne. Blemishes, bumps, papules, pustules, spots, whiteheads, zits. Whatever you call it, it is the most common skin disorder in the world. A stubborn and resource foe, acne has a remarkable ability to shrug off the most aggressive medical treatments. And no one is immune. Everyone — newborns, teenagers, adults and seniors — will have acne at some time in their lives. Though acne is not a lifethreatening condition, it can lead to serious scarring, permanent physical scars as well as equally-damaging emotional scars resulting from insecurity, anxiety and low self-esteem. Regardless of a person’s age, acne scars generally form in two different ways; either they are caused by a loss of tissue, which is commonly referred to as atrophic scars, or they are caused by an excess of tissue, which is commonly referred to as hypertrophic scars. Hypertrophic scars usually appear on the nose and chin, which can cause an embarrassing and noticeably bumpy buildup of tissue. Each scar type needs a specific treatment approach that completely depends upon the type of damage acne left behind. Atrophic acne scars are typically classified into three categories: 1. Boxcar: Round or oval depressions with steep vertical sides appear wider than ice pick scars and give the skin a pit appearance. Inflammatory breakouts destroy collagen, which leave behind a depressed area. They can vary from superficial to severe pits, depending on how much tissue was lost in the breakout. 2. Rolling: Characterized by wave-like or rolling undulations across an otherwise normal layer of skin. They arise when fibrous bands of tissue develop between the skin and subcutaneous layer, which pull on the epidermis. This pulling of the top layer of skin into the deeper structures creates the uneven rolling. 3. Ice Pick: Dark, very narrow scars that extend into the dermis. The skin appears as
if it has been pierced by a sharp instrument, which has left small deep, holes into the skin. They typically develop after an infection from a cyst or deeply inflamed blemish. As if that weren’t problematic enough, certain ethnic groups, such as Mediterranean, Scandinavian, Latin and African, sometimes experience noticeable darkening or hyperpigmentation within the scars. Alternately, people with lighter skin, such as those with light eyes and freckles, may show redness or erythema within the scars.
Happily, there has never been a better time to find help! Here are some strategies to combat acne scars: Makeup to the rescue: If your acne scars are not pitted, but appear as areas of discoloration (this is common in darker skin tones) try using a green-tinted concealer followed by a foundation one shade lighter than the one that matches your skin. If your scars are the pitted variety, start with a primer to fill them in before applying foundation. An all-in-one product like Revision Intellishade can help hide imperfections while adding some color and SPF protection. Shed some light: With age, acne scars can look more pronounced as the skin loses volume. To even out the texture of scarred skin, your physician may suggest laser treatments like Fraxel, depending on the extent of your scars. Laser resurfacing, such as Fraxel, has revolutionized the treatment of acne scars, as well as wrinkles, surgical scars, melasma and other skin conditions. This laser utilizes a wavelength that penetrates deep into the tissue to create tiny zones of
micro-damage. The new damage stimulates a healing process, in which the body naturally creates new collagen and elastin that remodels the skin’s surface and leaves behind a smoother surface. Recovery is minimal with a sunburn-like condition that lasts up to a few days after treatment. Put some volume in it: Along with improving texture with lasers, your doctor may also suggest filler, like Restylane or Radiesse to fill the pitted areas and also restore some youthful volume to your cheeks. A permanent filler, Artefill, may also be considered for filling acne scars. Topical medications that contain Salicylic Acid, Benzoyl Peroxide or Alpha Hydroxy Acid, are often available over-the-counter or through medical professionals (i.e. Kinerase Scar Healing Therapy, Obagi Dematix Ultra). However, more advanced scarring typically requires prescription-only treatments that include Tretinoin (Avita, Retin-A), adapalene (Differin) and tazarotene (Tazorac), or a custom-compounded solution such as Acne Scar Gel by Trinity Medical Pharmacy. Trinity’s breakthrough technology infuses topical silicone gel with a steroid, Salicylic Acid, Benzoyl Period, Tretinoin and/or antibiotics if necessary, plus all-natural Pracaxi oil delivers faster, more visible results. Since the cream is compounded at the time of order, it has no preservatives and is parabenfree, and as a prescription, it’s covered by many insurances. Last, but not least, the main key to seeing acne scars fade is patience. The most effective treatments for long term success combine laser treatments with topical medications like Trinity’s Acne Scar Gel.
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Thankful for Health BY PATRICIA WELTER
s each year passes and Thanksgiving approaches, one becomes reflective of all the things for which to be thankful. One of the foremost is to be thankful of one’s health and the health of family, friends and loved ones. When younger, one may not appreciate the intricacy of the human body and how efficiently it works. In times of old, humans worked out without even knowing or By Patricia Welter, B.S. PMA®-CPT, thinking about ���exercising” in order to Lolita San Miguel Pilates Master™, forage for food, to walk to get from one Second Generation Pilates Teacher, place to another or even to run in response Balanced Body Faculty and to being chased by wild animals. With Suncoast Pilates Owner technology, Americans in particular assert less and less effort to do activities. Our bodies actually need to be fit (remember the old adage “Use It or Lose It” really does apply). Americans each year as a whole are gaining weight, experiencing higher blood pressure and cholesterol, are less fit and experience higher stress levels. And yes, there is no magic pill to control it all……but regular exercise can be the best remedy of all. Pilates is one of the most effective exercise systems to work the entire body. Pilates offers resistance training on the equipment, providing assistance as well as resistance. Pilates Mat (floor) training uses the resistance of one’s own body weight. The Pilates method, originally called Contrology and created by Joseph Pilates, is a physical movement program designed to stretch, strengthen and balance the body without adding bulk. Pilates exercises focuses on postural symmetry, breath control, abdominal strength, spine, pelvic and shoulder stabilization, muscular flexibility, joint mobility and strengthening through the complete range of motion of all joints. Instead of isolating muscles groups, the whole body is trained. Pilates can help dramatically change your body. And, yes, Pilates is for men too. Pilates was originally created by a man for men! Joe Pilates stated it best when it comes to being fit. Below are quotes from Joseph Pilates’ book, Return to Life Through Contrology. “Physical fitness is the first requisite of happiness.” “A few well-designed movements, properly performed in a balanced sequence, are worth hours of doing sloppy calisthenics or forced contortion.” “Contrology is not a system of haphazard exercises designed to produce only bulging muscles.” “Contrology develops the body uniformly, corrects wrong postures, restores physical vitality, invigorates the mind, and elevates the spirit.” “Contrology is not a fatiguing system of dull, boring, abhorred exercises repeated daily “ad-nausem”. “The art of Contrology proves that the only real guide to your true age lies not in years or how you THINK you feel but as you ACTUALLY are as infallibly indicated by the degree of natural and normal flexibility enjoyed by your spine throughout life.” Consider giving the gift of health to yourself or a loved one. Try Pilates exercise. 24
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Just In Time For The Holidays Your Pre-Holiday Beauty Blitz
he countdown to the ho-ho-holidays has officially begun. In the run up to the big day(s), make sure you’re fully prepared with a pre-holiday beauty blitz that will not only ramp up the glow factor in your holiday photos, but have you feeling ultra-healthy going into the busiest time of the year. BYE-BYE BREAKOUTS Because the holidays are a busy time, many women don’t pay as much close attention to their skin as they do normally. That, coupled with inflammation, is a surefire way to get unexpected breakouts. Advanced planning is the key to keeping your skin on track! Reboot your skin with a light and flaky enzyme peel in early November, or a deep-cleansing facial and microdermabrasion around Thanksgiving to reboot your skin and clear out your pores. DEFLATE AND DAZZLE Alcohol, salty foods and holiday parties may be fun, but they wreak havoc on your skin, making everything seem puffier than usual, especially the eyes. To deflate, flush your body with anti-inflammatory foods — think fruits, vegetables, salmon and un-salted nuts — and drink plenty of water. And be diligent about applying a serum like Revision Skincare’s Retinol Eye Repair or a moisturizer like Teamine Eye Complex, both of which are loaded with skin-plumping antioxidants and much-needed hydration. Finally, to help prevent fluid retention in the eye area, try to sleep with your head slightly elevated. REDUCE WRINKLES Though wrinkles are primarily caused by age and sun damage, other factors make them more noticeable like sweets, stress and drinking. Of course, eating clean and flushing your body with water is the first step to rehydrate your skin and lessen the appearance of wrinkles, but sometimes our best intentions go awry. Never underestimate the power of Botox to turn those frown lines upside down! Botox smooths away lines, crow’s feet, even stubborn mid-brow furrows to create a smoother, more relaxed look almost instantly.
Coupled with fillers like Juvederm and Radiesse, you can restore your youthful complexion in minutes. As a bonus, dermal fillers trigger your body to create more of its own natural collagen, so each subsequent treatment has an additive effect to slow the steady march of time. SCULPT YOUR SILHOUETTE If you haven’t quite reached your target tone in time to don that gorgeous sequin party dress, why not supplement your exercise regime with a last minute body sculpting treatment? Exilis’s targeted fat reduction and skin tightening treatment can help you tighten and tone, shed a few inches off your key areas and reduce the appearance of stubborn fat. BODY BUFFING For a final body-beautiful prep, treat yourself to an exfoliating and hydrating all-body treatment to ensure your skin is primed to look its best on your holiday. A full body exfoliation like Finishing Touch by Revision Skincare not only leaves skin silky smooth, but the all-over deep moisture will promote a healthy texture and natural glow. LUXE YOUR LASHES Make sure your lashes are fabulously flirty and lustrous by treating them with Latisse. It’s a luxe lash treatment guaranteed to get your peepers in tip-top shape, but you have to act quickly! It takes 4-6 weeks to see the longer, fuller, fabulous results, but standing under the mistletoe will be that much more fun.
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UNDER THE MISTLETOE The secret to a younger, sexier, more kissable lip?? Fillers such as Restylane, Juvederm and Silikon 1000 provide temporary or permanent lip enhancement solutions. Each has its own pros and cons, so be sure to discuss your options with a medical professional. LIGHTEN UP If losing weight during the holidays sounds like the impossible dream, think again! Now may just be the perfect time to jump start those New Years’ Resolutions. Why? Because studies show that the most significant weight loss occurs in the first month of any new program. So… start today and lose 10 pounds before Hannukah, or 20 pounds before Christmas. Increased confidence and a shapelier waist? That’s the perfect gift to give yourself. Call 813.874.2332 for an appointment or visit www.LecadaTampa.com. Lecada Medical Artistry is conveniently located at 3710 West Azeele St., Tampa, 33609
POWER BOOST Cooking. Shopping. Parties. Travel. Family. Work. Kids. What does that spell?? Stress!! If just thinking about it makes you tired and cranky, consider ramping up the B vitamins this season. Weekly Vitamin B12 injections rev up the metabolism, increase energy, and keep your mood in check, making it a completely natural, healthy way to feel better, from the inside out. SAYONARA SCARS Though time may heal all wounds, the leftover scars serve as ugly reminders to something we’d rather forget. Which makes
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all foliage is in the air for most cities, but not if you live in Tampa Bay. Our fashion feature this month is this stunning yellow dress by our very own backyard gem Columbian born fashion designer Sandra Hagen. Her Spring/Summer 2014 collection “Between the Lines”, debuted at Tampa Bay Fashion Week. In her words, “The idea behind it was to play with different prints and colors to create pieces that in harmony together will showcase and enhance the beauty and feminine figure of the women wearing the pieces.” Sandra collaborated with none other than photographer Xong Hong to really showcase the bold colors of her pieces. Xong, chose a setting without distracting backgrounds and more along the lines of a blank canvas highlighting the beauty of Sandra’s design. Xong states “I believe we did so in the final results and I’m happy to have been a part of the creative process and to help share Sandra’s amazing talent.” Sandra is known for her bold prints, texture, and rich colors. Her pieces are well constructed, whimsical, and feminine with a touch of her love for vintage. Every woman should have a Sandra Hagen piece in her closet. Make a bold statement in her stunning fitted silhouettes or in the black lace piece. You sure will be the conversation at your fast approaching Holiday parties. Shop & keep up with Sandra at her online boutique https://www.etsy.com/people/sandrachagen https://www.facebook.com/pages/Sandra-C-Hagen
Dali Hernandez is the Creative Director and head designer for House of Dali. She is also a Real Estate Agent operating in the Tampa Bay area. Dali’s arrival to the fashion industry has been making numerous headlines; however designing is nothing new for this NY native. She recalls her childhood’s obsession with fashion magazines, and with the help of a pair of scissors, she would cut various designs to mix and match and ultimately transform her bedroom walls into the latest fashion show. The days she went fabric shopping with her mother gave her an early perspective on quality variation and how the same design can be completely altered due to fabric choice. Dali’s fashion line is for the woman who still maintains her social status and is not afraid to make a fashion statement. She feels that there www.PanacheVue.com
shouldn’t really be a target age or group for her line, because she feels that women are sexy and edgy at any age. Dali was featured on FOX13, What’s Hot Tampa Bay, Tampa Bay Pulse, Vocess International, Creative Loafing, tbttimes, St. Pete Times, Panache Vue, Remark Magazine, Libertine Magazine, Envie, and was Semi Finalist for “Fashion Star” NBC. Follow me Website: www.houseofdali.com Instagram: @houseofdali Facebook: www.facebook.com/dalifashiondesigner Pinterest: www.pinterest.com/houseofdali Twitter: twitter.com/HouseofDali E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org PANACHE VUE’
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id to late November can be a challenging time for inshore fishermen on the West Central Coast of Florida. In most years, the redfish thin out a bit in late fall. The outstanding large sea trout fishing may or may not have begun yet either….so, if not, what other action is available? One fish to target is gag grouper. Thought of most often as an offshore fish, gags will move in within a few miles of the beach in catchable numbers every fall to fatten up on the abundance of near shore bait before retreating to the depths as winter’s cold settles in. In recent weeks, fishing has been excellent with many quality fish being hooked inside of twenty five feet. As a matter of fact, no year in recent history has been as good from this guide’s perspective. A logical explanation for the “better than average” fishing is the more restrictive grouper regulations of 2012. With regulations as tight as they were, it appears more fish were left to move into the shallows this year. In past years, a good day of “inshore” grouper fishing might be catching a keeper or two in the 22 to 26 inch range in two to three hours of fishing. This year, numbers have been double this on numerous trips. Another notable trend regarding this shallow water fishing is the number of unstoppable, large fish hooked. On back to back trips, there were a half dozen very large fish hooked…fish that pulled line out at will from reels with “bolted down” drags.
Fall “Inshore” Grouper Fishing
This healthy grouper ate a frozen sardine in 20 feet or water and was repeatedly thwarted in its efforts to get to the rocks
One would expect that, to catch a decent grouper close to shore, it would probably be necessary to sort through a significant number of short fish. This isn’t the case however as there is not an overabundance of smaller fish in these depths. Typically, the number of overall
With grouper so close to the beach, there’s usually time to add other species to the cooler, such as this 26 inch redfish.
bites is less but the percentage of bites from a legal sized fish is usually higher than in deeper water…30 – 50%. This requires some concentration on the part of the angler as the action may be a bit slow and then, all of a sudden, a big fish is on. Key West Grunts are usually the first fish hooked and are a good indication that the boat is positioned over the right kind of bottom…small limestone patch reefs. Occasionally, the first or second bait dropped will result in a nice grouper, but usually it’s only
after the grunts have created somewhat of a commotion and torn up a bunch of baits before the bigger fish move in. All of the usual grouper baits will get the job done with frozen sardines and pinfish being top choices. Frozen sardines are a good way to get the party started as they are oily and get scent distributed in the area being fished. Generally, these fish are here from October into December but early, strong cold fronts can shorten this “season”. For those with inshore or bay boats, the best days are those with light winds, preferably out of the east. The real beauty of these fish being so close is that, after catching a few grouper, there’s still time to come back inshore and throw a few trout or redfish in the cooler. So, although late fall fishing can, at times, be difficult, there are many November and early December days that provide excellent action. Good luck and good fishing. n Captain Stewart Ames Gone Fishing Charters (727) 421-5291 www.Tampa-Fishing-Charter.com
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ello Folk! Its Zac again with Ultra Custom Pools and Outdoor Living. My Friends at Panache Vue Magazine asked me to write an article describing the health benefits of Owning and using a swimming pool. I have been a professional swimming pool builder for over 10 years now and truly believe in the vast health benefits that swimming has to offer. Swimming is an activity that benefits people of all ages, from one to one hundred. It is a great physical Zac Pease | Owner/Designer activity that promotes mental health and an active lifestyle. Not only is this activity low impact on all of your joints, water provides over ten times the resistance of air! Swimming is even better than running daily and is more effective for improving cardiovascular health, increasing muscle mass and gaining that defined muscle tone everyone is looking for. Swimming pools are also great for stretching exercises, the amount of balance one might have is instantly increased in water, witch allows you to hold stretching positions for longer durations of time ensuring that you get the most out of every stretch. No matter what your current workout may be swimming ,and general swimming pool activity, will improve your overall health guaranteed. Not only a great exercise, but who can forget swimming is a family fun activity that can cool you off in the summer heat and raise your over all utility out of life, ensuring a happy mind, body, and soul. If you are looking to improve your overall health and need a pool at your home, Call me and lets design the ideal personal workout area for you today! Thanks for reading! Zac Pease (813) 900- 5595 ULTRA CUSTOM GROUP www.ultracustomgroup.com
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For a Stronger Economy!
ave you noticed that some communities are suffering less than others in times of economic downturn? In communities with a strong localized economy, there is less fluctuation, and more money flowing from local business to local business. These communities tend to have a higher quality of life, lower crime rates and a friendlier, more neighborly attitude. What makes these towns different? They think local! Many towns are realizing that local independent businesses return more money to the local economy than the national chain stores. Towns that are able to grow a good amount of their food, and source many of their consumer goods and services through local manufacturing and businesses are much more financially stable in uncertain times. They are also more sustainable, and have a lower carbon footprint. Local businesses are not shipping goods over thousands of miles and paying the higher fuel costs. Also, they tend to bank local, advertise in local papers, purchase local, use local contractors and pay good
wages and benefits to local people. That keeps money bouncing around longer in the local community. Each time that money passes through another pair of local hands, it improves the local economy a little more. A recent study revealed that $1 earned by a local farmer had the impact of $2 on the farmer’s community because it changed hands so many times locally. “About 42 percent of our economy is ‘place based’ or created through small, locally-owned businesses,” notes economist and author, Michael Shuman. He estimates that we could expand this figure to 70 percent or more by localizing some of our main expenditures. In the process, we would boost our local economy, and save money at the same time. Local Food Most of our urban areas are surrounded by farms that produce lots of local foods, which are shipped thousands of miles away. Ironically, 75 percent of fresh apples eaten in New York City come from Washington State and foreign countries. Meanwhile, a few miles upstate in New York, farmers grow 10 times more apples than the Big Apple consumes. If we all started eating closer to home -- say within a 100 mile radius -- eating in season and lower on the food chain, we could localize our food system. Local electricity: The electricity for our houses and businesses most often flows through hundreds of miles of power lines from the source to our home. Imagine if
cul-de-sac residents teamed up and purchased a communal wind turbine, or set up solar panels on all the southern-facing garage roofs. We could create a series of small-scale energy providers that could potentially meet their own power needs. In my community, a waste-recycling entrepreneur has found a way to generate electricity from bagged household garbage. Also, a farmer has developed a way to turn old hay and agricultural waste into pellets for home heating. Two huge leaks in my local economy could be met locally if we started using heat and power more efficiently. Suburban renewal: If we relocalized our towns so that residents could walk to the farmers market, hardware store, library and post office all in the same area, we wouldn’t have to drive so much. Driving is expensive and environmentally devastating. When you walk or bicycle you go slower, appreciate the architecture and history, wave to the neighbors and possibly engage in conversation. This kind of walkable downtown encourages local spending and reinforces community bonds. Local currency: If you want to stimulate economic growth in a geographic region, one tried-and-true method is to generate a local currency. It functions like the good old dollar, but is not legal tender; instead it is more like a local barter. The people who use local currency make a conscious commitment to buy local first. They are taking personal responsibility for the health and well-being of their community. This also distinguishes local businesses that accept the currency as those who have made the same commitment. The state of Vermont recently issued its own currency -- Vermont Freedom Currency -- which is a silver coin worth 10 Credits. Vermonters can use the coin for any service, fee or tax throughout the state, or as barter currency accepted by certain individuals and businesses. These coins circulate through Vermont and have proven to be a real economic stimulus as people have fewer qualms about spending the Vermont currency freely. While you may not be able to buy everything you want locally, chances are if you can’t find it in a local store, at a yard sale, or on Craigslist, you could probably do without it.
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COLOR YOUR WORLD BY: CHERYL PEROTTI FOUNTAINHEAD DESIGN
robably the biggest challenge when planning a room or, even more so an entire home, is the color palette. Cool or warm tones, neutrals with a splash, or a monochromatic scheme...these are just a few of the options/decisions that are a part of creating your new decor. Observing the color wheel, it is apparent that colors impact one another greatly. An analogous scheme embraces colors that are adjacent to one another on the wheel -in other words they live in the same neighborhood. Think Tuscany with shades of orange pottery, red wine, and sunrise gold. A complementary choice would be colors that lie opposite one another on the wheel. They create the strongest vibrations, such as the reds and greens of Christmas or the orange and blue of my favorite team- go Gators! When used in design, complementary themes usually employ secondary and tertiary colors such as apricot and navy or olive and pomegranate, still strong opposites but with more shading and sophistication. Although most homeowners want color, they are often reluctant to commit on
their walls, retreating to the safer choices afforded by the neutrals. The obvious benefits of neutral backgrounds are:
Longevity- you may not tire of the neutrals as quickly as you would a color so your choices may have a longer shelf life Easy updates and change outs - color can be added (or subtracted) in accessories for a “new” look. Using color on your walls can strike more visual interest, add drama, highlight architectural features and promote periods of style as well as create regional flair. Various shades of red are an appetite stimulus and therefore often seen in dining rooms, colors of nature can help bring the outdoors in, thus are popular in garden rooms, and quiet hues of sea foam are often paired with silvers and muted browns or grays for a serene bedroom environment. Finally, used carefully, color can create a wow factor with accent walls where little design interest exists. If art work and clean architectural lines are your passion, than a neutral background will always serve you well. But when using neutrals, remember that your strongest impact is often achieved with darker shades. Both neutrals and colors can serve to visually raise or lower ceilings, push back walls or camouflage awkward structural elements. And both are impacted by the color key, meaning they are either warm tones or cool. Generally it is more pleasing to stay in the same key when mixing colors. Since selecting color schemes, especially
wall colors, can be so difficult for clients, I always encourage them to find photos that reflect the ambience they wish to create and to purchase small samples of their paint to try in various areas of their space, remembering that shadows, natural light, and artificial lighting will vary the appearance of their choice from wall to wall. Your accent colors will help to set up a rhythm which causes the eye to move around your rooms, so it is important to repeat these throughout your space. Finally, never ever second guess yourself on a painted room while it is empty or devoid of your accessories and accent colors unless your mind’s eye can fill in the effects to provide the final picture. Remember, the magic is in the finishing touches and the harmony they can create. There are so many right choices- mentally bring out the crayons and begin to color your world beautiful!
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Quick tips to Refresh your Home for the Holidays BY GENE MCDONALD “THE COUNTERTOP ROCK STAR”
f it wasn’t for the Last minute, nothing would get done. If you are like me this year, you feel like the Holidays snuck up on you like a Ninja in the night. Now, I know you’ve been meaning to upgrade the kitchen because of all your holiday guests yawning at your kitchen last year. Lets not bring up that comment that really stuck you in the side during the dinner party. It was so hard to smile during dinner when you heard someone say, “That Bathroom brings back memories of when I was a kid, our bathroom had those same Formica countertops of the 1980’s”. Ugh!!! Talk about twisting the knife. This year, those same smiling family members are coming over to the house again with their invisible clipboard for taking notes and wearing their reading glasses halfway down their nose. Oh Snap!!! What do I do??? You may not have time to remodel the whole kitchen and bath at this time. It may seem too risky of having your home turn into a construction site for the holidays. Can you picture ending up eating dinner on a sheet of plywood and two saw horses as the mashed potatoes and gravy are served on some contractors table saw. I have made a list of quick ideas to “REFRESH” your home on a modest budget Roll up your sleeves and lets bring out the
best of your home without too many ‘COVER-UP Decorations”..The Friend-a-mies will know..LOL 1. Have your backsplash templated by a local glass guy or countertop builder, then have them cut you ¼” glass to match the template and you can simply paint the back with any color LATEX paint. Even an artist can paint designs on it. Then silicone it to wall and say Bye-bye to grout lines. 2. Change out your cabinet handles or knobs 3. While the cabinet door handles are off refresh those wooden doors and drawer fronts with wood polishes and wipe on type sealers. 4. If you have time you may be able to just change out you kitchen island with a new slab of countertop material. 5. Maybe your granite tops can be restripped and resealed with a stone enhancer sealer. 6. Corian type materials can have the little scratches buffed out and brought to a clean satin finish. You can also add a new color of 4” high backsplash. This way we don’t have to worry about plumbing work or tear out countertop time. 7. Paint and re-caulking is always a nice refresher in kitchen or bath.
8. Visit countertop shops and see if they can make you table tops with their remnants, because we know everyone is going to stare at the coffee table you have with all the chips and nicks in it during football. Just change the top, not the structure. 9. Put some quick Crown type molding over those upper cabinets for a Custom cabinetry look. 10. If you have a tile backsplash, either clean and reseal the grout. You also can try to add a color to the grout sealer These are just a quick list off the top of my head to hopefully help our readers get REFRESHED. Please find this article online at www.Panachevue.com and ask some questions about more ideas I can help you with so we all can smile during the holidays. n Gene McDonald, aka “The Counter Top Rock Star” is the President of Refresh Interiors Design.com. To schedule an appointment or Visit his showroom, visit www.ReFreshInteriorsDesign.com or Call 727.527.0206.
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It isn’t unusual to see a sign warning about camels in the area in Australia’s Outback. Photo courtesy of Steve Murray.
COMPLICATED CAMELS OF THE OUTBACK BY STEVE MURRAY
amels look distinctly regal when they sit. Maybe it’s their long arched necks. Maybe it’s their aloof stare under heavy eyelids and lashes. Or maybe it’s just because they’ve seen all this activity before. The beasts are clearly unconcerned in the pre-dawn darkness as their guides prepare them for another trek to watch the sunrise on Uluru -- Ayers Rock -- in the Australian Outback. A ride on these stately animals offers a chance to connect with something very old since they are descended from the camels that did the hard jobs in harsh conditions that helped to build Australia. Changing times have diminished their status, though, and their future on the continent is charged with controversy. But no one is thinking about this in the crisp morning as visitors cluster around, snapping photographs and talking in hushed tones. Today is just about Uluru. Camels were brought to Australia because they were better matched than horses to the wild terrain and brutal heat. Early explorers imported both dromedary (onehump) and Bactrian (two-hump) camels, but
the dromedary, adapted to the deserts of the Middle East, soon became more popular. These animals helped to colonize western and central Australia since a full-grown animal can carry up to 1,300 pounds and camel caravans can move up to 25 miles per day in the desert. In their heyday they were the backbone of the economy. Camels hauled food and water to gold mines, wire for the Overland Telegraph and supplies to railheads for transport. Regardless of their origin, the cameleers who accompanied them were simply called “Afghans.” Today one of the world’s great rail journeys across the continent of Australia is named “the Ghan.” Dromedaries are about 7 feet high at their hump, which offers a commanding view to the rider. First, however, there’s the problem of getting up there, and camels don’t make it easy. Guides help riders onto padded saddles equipped with strong metal handles like the ones on amusement park rides. Then they give a little advice about how to hang on as they urge the animals to stand. It’s always a three-step sequence for camel and passenger: The camel lurches up on its front knees as the rider leans forward in the seat. Then
it rises up on its long hind legs as the rider leans back and finally straightens its front legs as the rider leans forward again. The still desert air tends to swallow conversations on the ride to Uluru. The colors that accompany sunrise are hypnotic, however, and visitors tend to quiet down with the growing dawn as they contemplate the shifting hues. The sorrowful groan of a camel is often the only sound that punctuates the quiet. Camels are built for heat. Their hump contains fat, not water. Fat around the body interferes with heat control, so concentrating here keeps the animal cooler. Metabolizing fat produces water, of course, but a camel’s needs are small. Their red blood cells function even with water loss, and water vapor is recycled when they breathe. Their color changes with the seasons to reflect the sun, and even their posture is optimized to desert floors as they sit slightly above the ground for all-around air circulation. Camels have big foot pads to navigate sand, and they walk by moving front and back limbs on one side and then on the other. Their gait on the morning trek to Uluru
A group makes the early morning trek to see the sunrise over Ayers Rock in Australia’s Outback. Photo courtesy of Steve Murray.
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Camels are a beautiful and useful animal, but their proliferation has made them controversial in Australia. Photo courtesy of Steve Murray.
tralia. Unfortunately, wild camels are now viewed as pests, and their control is both a national problem and a national controversy. Their foraging causes soil erosion and damage to fences, cattle-watering holes and farm property. In remote regions of the country, they compete for food resources with native wildlife and damage natural habitats. Damage costs can be astronomical for both ranchers and the government. Australia is a huge continent, and wild camels roam much of it. Finding and culling them is difficult, and many Australians object to that solution anyway. Friendlier programs include efforts to export them as breeding stock for camel-racing stables and to seed tourist operations around the world, but the problem is far from solved. It’s sad to contrast the essential tool of the 19th century with the unwanted problem of today. A tour by camel is a chance to shadow the pioneers of Australia’s past -- to relive the tasks of getting from here to there through remote and unforgiving country with a capable companion. Carrying tourists around the outback isn’t so different for these camels as carrying supplies was for their ancestors. And owing to their re-
sourcefulness, these animals will probably be a part of Australia for a long time to come -- for better or worse. WHEN YOU GO An overview of Uluru camel touring can be found at www.ayersrockresort.com.au/ camel-tours. I traveled with Outback Camel Tours at Ayers Rock Resort, but cameltouring operations can be found all around Australia. An Internet search is likely to turn up something along your itinerary. Operators offer experiences anywhere from five-minute “try-it-out” rides to five- and seven-day wilderness safaris. The cost is about $108 per person for a full 2.5-hour trek that includes snacks and about $68 per person for a 45-minute “express” ride. Weather can be extreme in the Outback, so this is something to consider when you are scheduling a visit. The summer (December to February) high temperature average is 100 degrees, but it has reached 113 degrees. The winter (June to August) low temperature average is 40 degrees but has reached 20 degrees. Winter and spring (September to November) provide the best temperatures and the clearest weather. n PANACHE VUE’
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