The mequamia is the ubiquitous Ethiopian prayer stick, which is used by elderly priests, monks, nuns and churchgoers, but also used during chanting and other liturgical events. The beautiful shape of the head is actually a single branch of a cross whose apices curl into "ram's head" shapes (reference to "the lamb of God), unique to the country.
This was shot in Debre Maryam on lake Tana. I was standing outside the circular church, which was dark except for the patch of light that came in through that particular window to illuminate the colorful wall and the sticks. As usual, light was an issue, and it took a number of shots to get a good composition and a reasonably sharp image
I do carry a small tripod with me when I travel but it's completely useless. I haven't had a single opportunity where I could afford the time to set up the tripod or had a suitable place to set it. So I'll just have to keep standing very still