As the sun begins to set on another scorching South Carolina
summer, take a moment to enjoy this beautiful, refreshing view of Lake Murray
Lake Murray covers approximately 78 square miles near our state capital, Columbia
. The largest portion of the lake lies in Lexington County
, but parts of it also reach into Saluda, Newberry, and Richland counties. This man-made lake was created in 1930
, with the completion of the Saluda Dam, which was once the largest earthen dam in the world. Lake Murray is owned by SCE&G and provides most of the electricity for South Carolina's entire Midlands region.
This photograph, entitled Summer Hues
, was taken by Suzette Morganelli
in July of 2003. She captured the image from the tip of Shull Island in Lexington County, just as the midsummer sun was beginning its evening decline.
The image is unique because it was taken at a time when Lake Murray was at its lowest "draw down" (water level) in history, due to the reconstruction of the dam. The islands exposed in this print may never be seen again.
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