Royal Flamingo Works, LLC Etier Photography Sales Site

In Gatlinburg, TN, visit our booth at Smoky Mtn Arts and Crafts.


News flash:  FCEtier is now a published author.

My first book, The Tourist Killer is available on Amazon and outside the States,

at Amazon.UK.

My second book, The Presidents Club is a weekly serial on the publisher's web site:

VENTURE GALLERIES.  The series began on Sunday, Jan. 6, 2013 and a new chapter goes live each Sunday.  All chapters are archived and available on the site. 





We now have two slideshows on YouTube.

This is the slideshow featuring some of my images that will soon be available on DVD:

This is a short intro for the same DVD with info on the artist:




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Selected images have been chosen to have their story told.


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NEW MUSIC!! - March 2009

Your listening to new age classical piano. This selection is called "Calvary" and comes from the CD, WOOD WINDS SELECT PART ONE by Forrest W. Richardson who has the copyright for this material and has given RFWLLC permission to use it on this site.

You can hear more of his work, download selections at:   or at:


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Several photographs by Etier Photography have been chosen for use on an international website!

Check out:  You'll find some interesting info there about health realted items, too.

NEW BLOG-- Etier Photography has a new blog.

Check in over there and see what's up!  Send me a suggestion for a topic, we've got opinions on just about everything! HA!!






Tupelos --  Really cool indoor and outdoor furniture.

                       20 Swanger Lane, Waynesville, NC - fronts on Soco Road                        near  Maggie Valley.








Our good friend, Miriam Goldberg, has written an essay to accompany my photographic entry into the summer art exhibition at Western Carolina University titled, "FRAGLE EARTH: Reflextions on the Environment." It begins with a beautiful haiku piece and continues with a shattering reminder of just who and what is fragile about our planet. 

Scroll to the bottom of this section to read the entire essay.  >>>>>>>>>>>>>




   WCU extended over 500 invitations to artists to submit work. Ninety-seven artists got involved, including us.  In the end, sixty-two pieces of work were chosen representing forty artists.  We were pleased to have had two pieces selected for the exhibition!  They can been seen in our "Fragile Earth" gallery on this site.  They are the: "Dead Zinnia" and the "Paradox Light Bulb".

Two ETIER Prints recently won awards in local contests.  In each case, these images were the highest ranking black and white photos to place.

"" honored the Soco Road Barn and

THE SYLVA HERALD   selected the White Daffy in their annual "Greening Up of the Mountains" spring photo contest.


section of THE MOUNTAINEER newspaper ran a story on FCETIER Photography in the April 23 edition.   Miriam Goldberg wrote the article  and it was a great prelude  to the HART Theater showing the first week of May which was a resounding success!

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Etier prints are now available in SILVER GELATIN.  - SCROLL TO BOTTOM FOR DETAILS ==>>>



See framed selections at Tupelo's (our favorite furniture store)  on Soco Road in Maggie Valley.






Silver Gelatin Prints available.

For the discerning customer who prefers  luminosity,

depth, and archival quality , all ETIER prints are

now available  on glossy Ilford Galerie FB Digital

Professional Silver Gelatin Digital Paper. These

prints receive archival fixing, washing, air-drying and

flattening.   Our lab promises these fiber prints to

have a longevity of over two hundred years.


Prices start at  $335.00 for a 16 X 20 matted print.

This is a special order item and has a seven to ten

day turnaround.  Full payment in advance is


To place an order, contact me through the front

desk, at our website:

,or by e-mail at

Thanks for your interest.




Snowflakes fall then melt,

their time profoundly fleeting,

in them I see us.

A Fragile Species

Do you know how many species of life there are? How many have disappeared? How many are disappearing? If your answer is “yes,” let’s sit down to tea. Because only God knows answers to these questions. Man has never known with whom or what he shares planet Earth. Just as you may know many, but not all, of the people who live in your town, we have a rough idea of our global neighbors. We know that within our own species lie great mysteries which define our differences, and we willingly admit that there are things in nature that defy our understanding, yet we seldom let our ignorance prevent us from making dire pronouncements on the state of the planet or its inhabitants, both plant and animal.

When a species is added to an endangered list, numbers dictate its inclusion. Low numbers. Perhaps, though, one of Earth’s most fragile species numbers in the billions. A species with a sketchy survival instinct that could easily paint itself into oblivion—that’s us.

Save the tigers! Save the rainforest! Save the whales! Save the polar bears! The list sometimes seems endless. How about “Save yourself!”? Let’s save ourselves from those who predict the death of our planet by a new ice age or a global warming. Let’s save ourselves from those who predict our future based on a pond’s frog population or the number of butterflies that drown in the Gulf of Mexico each autumn. Let’s save ourselves from our own words and actions by finally seeing our purpose on Earth.

We, the arrogant “owners” of the planet, are more bird-brained than the lowliest of birds, if any bird could be considered lowly. In arrogance, we strut around like peacocks; we crow our reign over all things living as if any other species agrees we have more of a right to this space than they. We’re cuckoo, and we are on our way to dodo status. It’s time to think small, my non-feathered friend.

As a species we strive for more territory, more influence, more power, more comfort, more knowledge. How about more understanding? Instead of solving problems by creating problems (such as the DDT solution or the Ethanol solution), let’s solve problems by understanding and eliminating them. No one would seriously blame the extinction of a species on that species, but we seem bent on deserving that responsibility. Has there ever been a more self-destructive species than man?

We expand our territory to include areas that are hostile to us, then attempt to eradicate the hostility, whether by resettling human populations, relocating crocodilians and bears, building sound barriers, rerouting rivers, or any of our other often futile endeavors to recreate and rule our environment. We think big. We want more. When we create a problem, we don’t solve it, we hide it with another, bigger problem, and we keep doing it until it’s seemingly unsolvable. The planet, however, has a simple solution: extinction. The phrase appearing on the tombstone of the extinct Homo Sapiens should be, “All they wanted was more.”

Our footprints are large, but not ineradicable. We feel we have no borders, no limits; this earth is ours! We believe that we are the proprietors of the planet, the invincible rulers. How nature laughs at us. We are so mighty, our entire species can be taken down by a microscopic, nearly invisible entity. We, whose numbers are large and whose influence seems boundless, can be exterminated by a virus. Our history of reproduction, colonization, and victory is primitive compared to what a virus can accomplish. Or a bacterium. Or bug. While hikers may fear a bear encounter, or swimmers a shark, so many more of us succumb to attacks by predators we have invited by invading their territory.

We affect climate, we affect nature, we affect each other, but we blame all these things for their effect on us. We are as fragile as earthworms and fireflies; despite knowing we are mortal, we feel invincible. Therein is our weakness, our fatal flaw. Our footprint is large, but when we no longer walk this planet, the earth will quickly recover. Nature will overtake our cities, our homes, our factories, and malls. Birds will make nests in our plastic shoeboxes, cockroaches will eat our wallpaper, all species—known and unknown to us—will benefit from us having been here, but gone.  And the planet—self-cleaning as it is—will eliminate the damage we have done, burying the indestructible with earthquakes, hurricanes, tsunamis, and all it has in its considerable arsenal, while life continues and makes use of our remains.

by Miriam Goldberg