South Carolina State University communications instructor Patrick Harwood wants to turn others onto the great outdoors.

Harwood has written and photographed a new book that spotlights bird and nature photography as a fun, healthy, interesting and rewarding hobby. “Nature-ly Fun! Bird Photography From A to Z” is filled with hundreds of color photographs, including more than 85 different types of birds.

Harwood will sign and sell copies of his new book from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday, Dec. 9, at Swift Books, 950 Chestnut St.

The author’s two previous books also will be available at the event: “The Birds of Magnolia Cemetery -- Charleston’s Secret Bird Sanctuary” and “In the Arms of Angels: Magnolia Cemetery -- Charleston’s Treasure of History, Mystery and Artistry.”

In his new book, Harwood uses the 26 letters of the alphabet to extol the many virtues of bird and nature photography. He also offers tips and tactics for capturing high-quality images of our feathered friends.

“I hope my book will inspire people,” Harwood said, “especially kids who spend too much time inside with their phones, games and computers -- to put those down, go outside, and explore and enjoy nature.”

Harwood , who has been at S.C. State since 2014, previously taught at the College of Charleston and was on the school’s public relations staff.