Clouds burst over the Ferris Mountains near Muddy Gap. (Mike Vanata)

Early spring in Wyoming is a time of volatile skies. From clear blue to sudden snow squalls, the state’s weather takes on a moody character and winter is reluctant to loosen its grip. 

In this photograph, clouds burst over the Ferris Mountains near Muddy Gap. Laramie-based photographer Mike Vanata captured the moment on a drive back from the Wind River Indian Reservation last week, where he was delivering relief supplies. 

“I was racing back to Laramie before the storm hit, when the [clouds] caught up with me,” Vanata said. The photographer surrendered, parked and got the shot.

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Andrew Graham is reporting for WyoFile from Laramie. He covers state government, energy and the economy. Reach him at 443-848-8756 or at, follow him @AndrewGraham88

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