As for the butterflies, they repeatedly lighted on these flowers for a few seconds at a time, then fluttered around to find another spot for rest and nourishment. I was completely absorbed in the watching of them and trying to get my very long lens to focus in accurately on the details of their wings and eyes. So, as a result of that intent study on one spot, I missed out on being able to accurately photograph them while in flight. I now have a benchmark of what kind of photos I'd like to make the next time I encounter more of these beauties.
I did get a few of the sort I was originally looking for, with sharp and accurate details of the butterfly's face and wings, but now I have a goal to make a whole study of butterflies in flight. I will do some research on it, look for the right conditions, and make sure I have the right lens on my camera.
Sometimes opportunities really do just drift down to us, but more often than not, the really great opportunities also involve work, readiness, risk-taking, and a can-do attitude, so that when those lovely surprises pop up in life, we can be ready.