One of the big surprises to me, when i took visitors on tours of onetahua (farewell spit), was the massive disconnect many people feel from nature. It's like nature is out there and we are here. But the truth is we are part of nature, linked and connected. I'm like many people, in that i don't get out in the bush often enough. When you are in the bush you live the connection. Our ability to protect our wild places is proportional to our emotional connection to our wild places. When it feels like they want to cut off your arm - then we are there.
This blog musings from aotearoa is wonderful. You can experience tales of the bush, read some excellent commentary and view beautiful photos - good on you Robb, good luck with the hip, hope you're back out there soon.