I always feel like nature shots don't really count if you're shooting animals in captivity. I mean, I know there's still some skill involved in composing and exposing your image but it hardly seems sporting. But then it's a cold winter day and you need to do something cool with your two-year-old so you go to the Butterfly Pavilion. And once you're there it seems like it would just be rude not to shoot all these beautiful insects.
So no, it's not as cool as if I was stalking butterflies in a rain forest in Central America. But in truth this environment does allow me to indulge my love of shallow depth of field. And it invites me to work on precision focus and to shoot at faster shutter speeds than I would normally choose.
Plus, watching your two-year-old chase butterflies is priceless.