Yes, this is so very true. And as you child gets older, these conversations turn into talking about what they have just read - "So what did the character do in the book?", "What do you think about what he did, and would you do it another way?" - it's a very important step in reading comprehension to not just read the words, but understand what they mean and be able to talk about what you just read.
I know my son has always loved these types of conversations and to this very day still asks me questions about our environment and why things are they way they are. Often now I have to google the answer on my phone (haha!) but learning about the world through questions is a great way to interact and learn.
I agree that so much seems clear - but as your child ages, if you are really AP, you'll find that each child is different and there is no single "formula" for how do teach and raise a child. We all do what our children need, and if we listen, they clearly tell us.
this actually doesn't sound like forced or contrived learning, to me, unless, of course, the child is resistant and uninterested and the adult is truly forcing it upon them.
I also think that chances are you will change your opinion on a lot of this as your infant gets older. You will see that it is healthy parenting, not to mention good teaching in an early childhood education setting, to ask inquiring questions such as, "what color is that leaf?" or "what animals did we see on our walk?" or similar. Children actually enjoy having someone interact with them like such, part of it is just having an engaging conversation with a small person whose mind is an absorbent sponge.