Re: what else do you do then??
Yes, I spend much time just communing with Nature. Many times I will seek out special places where I can't hear humans going on about their daily lives. Once there, I Pray and sit quietly, observing the things that go on around me. Letting the sum of what's around me, become part of who I am.
To and from, I list new plants that I don't recognize into a tablet and take photos, for later info searches. I also take photos of anything that strikes my fancy. I'll gather roots, leaves and other plant parts for cooking, brewing, studying, etc., but I'm still a far cry from knowing anything about them.
Many times I'll have my longbow with me and will do some small game stalking, but will also have some roving (stump shooting) arrows with me so I can sharpen up my eye by practicing my shooting in the bush at random targets such as grass clumps, dirt clods, dead and fallen limbs, etc and in actual hunting/stalking shot situations, the tougher the better. Being a hunter/stalker, I am always sizing up tracks, noticing how recent they are, how the dirt is pitched, how plants are broken or eaten, etc. Many times I'll find where a small Deer, Rabbit, etc., was chased by Coyotes or Bobcat. It's interesting following these tracks to see the manuvers a Deer or other prey animal will use to escape and how the predator will react to keep up the chase. The Deer usually wins, but not always. I am especially fond of tracking Lions and Bear and trying my hand at reading their sign. I'm also very fond of Eagles, Hawks and other Raptors. I watch for them where ever I go.
I practice making up temporary shelters and even more permanent shelters, but always leave the area as I found it and dismantle anything that I may have built and pile the debris so that it can be utilized by any number of the woodland critters that live in the area.
I will carry different seeds and spread them about just before the rains come. Usually edible plants for human consumption and ground cover plants like clover for the bees and deer. Once a year many of us get together and plant native trees from out of pocket and place wire around them until they are old enough that the deer won't eat them.
Been thinking about taking up Tai Chi, but havn't done anything about it yet.
All life is subject to the laws of Nature, or to be more precise, the laws of our CREATOR.